Maldivian needs all of Kavanagh's magic

Trainer Mark Kavanagh will spend this week trying to re-ignite the spring form of Maldivian.

Maldivian has been unplaced three times since resuming with a placing behind Light Fantastic and Weekend Hussler in the Liston Stakes, finishing further away from the winner each time.

Maldivian wins Race 5, the Yalumba Caulfield Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday 13 October 2007, ridden by Michael Rodd, trained by Mark Kavanagh.  Photo by Bronwen Healy

The six-year-old’s most recent run resulted in a sixth placing behind Littorio in the Turnbull Stakes last Saturday. He was beaten more than four lengths.

Maldivian hasn’t won since last year’s Group One Yalumba Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield but is again nominated for that feature race on Saturday as well as the Winning Edge Presentations Stakes (2400m).

Kavanagh said Maldivian may not start in either race but the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup were all still options for the gelding.

“I’m obviously not happy with the way he’s going,” Kavanagh said.

“At the moment I am not sure how I am going to change things to make him go better but I am confident I can get on top of the situation.

“I am covering all my bases and I will be making a decision where I go and what I do with the horse later on in the week.”

Kavanagh hasn’t ruled out gear changes for Maldivian, who has posted seven wins, five seconds and five thirds from 24 starts for nearly $700,000 in stakes.

By Robert Windmill