Running on for a credible eighth in the 2014 Melbourne Cup last Tuesday, Au Revoir has been included in nominations for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown Racecourse but has been revealed by OTI Racing as no certain starter.
Securing three wins and as many minor places from his 15 competitive starts so far, Au Revoir finish fourth amongst classy competition in the Group 2 Prix Foy (2400m) in his native France first-up this time before running third in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) in his Australian debut on October 25th.
Contesting his third start in just four weeks should he accept into the Zipping Classic final field, managing owner Terry Henderson said the short turn-around between races in out of character for Au Revoir, but may use Saturday’s feature as a final point of call ahead of a hopeful appearance in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin on December 14th.
“This will mean three runs in four weeks which is very unusual for these horses,” Henderson told TVN.
“I’ll be talking to Andre (Fabre, trainer) tonight and we’ll probably accept with him, but we won’t be making any decision until later in the week.
“We would have to run very well in the Zipping Classic to get an invite for the Vase, so it’s an awkward situation.
“We could wait for the Bendigo Cup in a couple of weeks, but even a win in that race would still probably not get us into the Vase field.”
Stamping his claims for a trip to Australia for the Melbourne Cup initially via a strong but short three race preparation at the beginning of the year, Au Revoir finished fourth in the Group 3 Prix Exbury (2000m) and second in the Prix Lord Seymour (2400m) before placing a credible sixth amongst classy competition in the Group 3 Prix D’Hedouville (2400m) on May 8th.
A final field and completed barrier draw for the 2014 Zipping Classic is due to be finalized and released on Wednesday morning.
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