Trial date put back for Apache Cat
Greg Eurell has been forced to change plans with stable star Apache Cat who is recovering from a stone bruise and won’t trial at Cranbourne on Monday.
The trainer is now looking to start the flashy chestnut first-up in the Group One Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 25.
The eight-time Group One winner was previously scheduled to resume in the Group Two Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 29.
The seven-year-old landed his 18th victory from 38 starts in the Group One Doomben 10,000 on May 23 when he lasted by a head from the fast-finishing Black Piranha.
Apache Cat developed the stone bruise since galloping with stablemate Mic Mac over 1000 metres between races at Cranbourne last Sunday.
Both Mic Mac and new stablemate, 2008 Cranbourne Cup winner Majestical, will contest the same 800m trial at Cranbourne on Monday.
And they will both resume in Saturday’s Listed Aurie’s Star Handicap down the straight 1200m course at Flemington.
Damien Oliver is booked to ride Mic Mac in the Aurie’s Star while Chris Symons will be on Majestical who is regarded by Eurell as a Caulfield Cup prospect.
"He’s ticking over nicely," Eurell said.
"He’s a nice horse. He had a little campaign with us last autumn without running.
"He’s a solid sort of horse and he looks absolutely magnificent."
The Montjeu six-year-old gelding hasn’t raced since running twice at Group One level in Perth last November-December when he finished 12th to Gilded Venom in the Railway Stakes (1600m) and 13th to Niconero in the Kingston Town Stakes (1800m.
The Colin Little-trained 2007 Cox Plate winner El Segundo is also down to trial over 990 metres at Cranbourne on Monday against his stablemate, this year’s Sydney Cup winner Ista Kareem.
Australian Steeple winner Mazzacano is scheduled to contest a 1550 metre trial at Cranbourne.
Mazzacano is trained by Robbie Laing who rates him so highly he is planning a trip to the Grand National Steeplechase at England’s famous Aintree course next year.
By Mark Ryan