Whobegotyou preparing for Sydney assault
Dual Group One winner Whobegotyou will bypass the early autumn races in Melbourne and be aimed at a Sydney carnival campaign.
Along with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Theseo, the gelding was a notable absentee from nominations for the Australian Cup (2000m) run at Flemington on March 6.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh confirmed he had given Whobegotyou an extended spell following an arduous spring.
"He’ll be back at my stable in a couple of weeks," Kavanagh said.
"He had a tough spring and the autumn comes up very quickly in Melbourne.
"There are only really four races for him there so he’ll miss Melbourne and come to Sydney."
Kavanagh has yet to finalise a program for the Yalumba Stakes winner but confirmed the Doncaster Mile, in which he was an unlucky third to Vision And Power last year, was among the options.
Stablemate Shamoline Warrior is also being considered for a Sydney assault with the Rosehill Guineas and AJC Australian Derby among his likely targets.
The Norman Robinson Stakes winner was favourite for the Victoria Derby but was scratched on race morning due to an elevated temperature.
"It was a 24 hour virus. It’s just that he happened to get it in the worst 24 hours," Kavanagh said.
He has been entered for the Australian Guineas (1600m) but Kavanagh said it was doubtful he would take his place as "he’s not really a Guineas horse".
Kavanagh is also keeping his options open for boom colt We’re Gonna Rock who is nominated for both the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and Australian Guineas.
Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, who is in the mix for the Australian Cup, is back in work and has spelled extra well according to his trainer.
"I think he’s furnished out and matured," Kavanagh said.
"He looks pretty good."
TAB Sportsbet released its first markets for the Australian Guineas on Wednesday with Cox Plate winner So You Think the early $4.20 favourite.
Denman is second pick at $5 ahead of We’re Gonna Rock ($6) while Caulfield Guineas winner Starspangledbanner is at $8.50 and unbeaten filly Black Caviar a $10 chance.
By Mandy Cottell