Lankan Rupee may contest 2014 Winterbottom Stakes

September 16th, 2014

Initially outlining a possible trip to Hong Kong following the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Mick Price has revealed the world’s leading sprinter Lankan Rupee will not leave the country following his final Melbourne target this time in, but may still venture to Perth for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on November 22nd.

Lankan Rupee may contest the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes

Lankan Rupee may contest the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Securing an exceptional record of nine wins and four minor places from just 17 competitive starts so far, Lankan Rupee was expected to go undefeated in the major open sprinting events of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival following a perfect autumn preparation, however faded late in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) first-up on September 6th to finish second.

Revealing the 2015 edition of the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) is figuring as the major target for the son of Redoute’s Choice next autumn, Price said a trip to Hong Kong would not allow enough time in the paddock and return to work for the April target.

“We had him going to the paddock in Australia on January 12th and the TJ Smith is April 4,” Price told AAP.

“So he looks like he will just have four runs.

“It’s interesting that the Winterbottom is within two weeks (of the Darley Classic, final Victorian target).”

Unable to string together much of a consistent run of form before being gelded at the conclusion of his 2013 autumn preparation, Lankan Rupee has since secured an exceptional record of seven wins and two minor from nine competitive starts.

Returning to the track in without doubt career-best form this year, the gelding out of Estelle Collection won the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) by four lengths first-up before claiming three exceptional victories at the highest level of Australian racing back-to-back; taking out each of the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (110m), Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes with ease.

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