Singapore Group One winner in action at Flemington
Arenti, a Group One winner in Singapore, will attempt to win his first race in Australia in Saturday’s Murray Cox Handicap at Flemington.
Formerly prepared by trainer Pat Carey’s brother-in-law John Meagher, the O’Reilly gelding has had two runs for the Mornington-based Carey.
Last start he ran an encouraging third to Imashadow over 1200m despite striking interference near the 200m at Flemington on April 25.
At his first run here after a 21-month layoff, the seven-year-old struck interference at the start before finishing sixth to subsequent Goodwood runner-up I Am Invincible over 1000m at Caulfield on March 28.
“He had an injury and he came back to Australia to rehabilitate,” Carey said.
“John Meagher has helped with his program and he’s spent all of his time at Huntly Lodge (at Sunbury).”
Arenti won the Group One Lion City Cup (1200m) at Kranji in May 2006, a race the unbeaten Rocket Man won this month.
Rocket Man will take on Takeover Target in Sunday’s KrisFlyer Sprint (1200m) at Kranji and the pair share favouritism at $2.30 with TAB Sportsbet.
“He (Arenti) had won nine of 17 before he came to us and we’re just happy to have him in the stable, he’s a very good horse,” Carey said.
“The plan was to get him back into form, but there will be some really nice races for him here.”
Arenti raced in Dubai in February 2007 and was placed in his two runs there over 1200m and 1300m before returning to Singapore where he ran fifth to Why Be in the Lion City Cup in May 2007.
His last outing in Singapore was runner-up to Capablanca in the Kranji Stakes (1200m) in June 2007.
Top heavyweight jockey Steven Arnold, who has ridden Arenti at his past two starts, retains the mount on Saturday.
Among his opposition will be topweight Cocinero, who has won three of his last four starts, Group Three winners Playwright and Famous Roman, Warrnambool Wangoom Handicap winner Arch Symbol, last-start Caulfield winner Jungle Ruler and highly-promising Costa In The Glen who is the first emergency.
By Mark Ryan