Metropolitan Handicap runner-up Mugatoo will bypass Saturday’s Caulfield Cup for a tilt at the Cox Plate.
Mugatoo has won six of his nine starts in Australia for the Kris Lees stable but was narrowly beaten by Mirage Dancer in last Saturday’s Metropolitan Handicap over 2400m.
Syndicator Australian Bloodstock co-founder Luke Murrell said advice from jockey Kerrin McEvoy played a big part in the decision to target the Cox Plate.
“He can sustain a run and we’re thinking he’s better suited at 2000(m) at this stage rather than the 2400(m),” Murrell said.
“He probably peaked the last 100m again in the Metrop.
“Kerrin’s advice was that he feels he’s a genuine 2000m horse only.”
Connections think Mugatoo is best suited at the 2000m of the Cox Plate at The Valley. Photo: Jenny Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
While Mugatoo is not a Group 1 winner, Murrell said the six-year-old was one of the chances in a difficult Cox Plate picture.
“It’s a very open Cox Plate. You could say that about the Caulfield Cup as well,” he said.
Murrell hoped Mugatoo would get a look at The Valley circuit in the lead-up to the Cox Plate.
The Mugatoo decision will slightly raise the hopes of trainers hoping to get their horses into the Caulfield Cup. The gelding was 20th in the Caulfield Cup order of entry.
Mustajeer and Raheen House will represent Australian Bloodstock in the Caulfield Cup.
Originally published asPlate not Cup for Mugatoo
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