Stradbroke Handicap winner Black Piranha will continue his Cox Plate build-up with an 1100-metre barrier trial at Newcastle on Wednesday.
Black Piranha impressed all at Rosehill with a brilliant exhibition gallop but trainer Con Karakatsanis said the six-year-old needed to trial on Wednesday to keep pace with his Cox Plate opposition.
â€œIâ€™m training him for 2000 metres and the trial will be a perfect lead-in to his first-up run,â€ Karakatsanis said. â€œItâ€™s not a rush job but he has had a bit longer in the paddock than some of the others.
â€œEl Segundo and Whobegotyou have had two runs each this time in so heâ€™ll trial on Wednesday and be right for the Cameron Stakes.â€
The Cameron Stakes will be run over 1300 metres for the first time on September 16 which Karakatsanis said would fit neatly into his preferred spring plan for Black Piranha.
â€œThe ideal way to go into the Cox Plate would be the Cameron Handicap then the George Main Stakes on the last Saturday in September,â€ he said.
â€œThat gives us enough time to run in the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield before the Cox Plate. Heâ€™ll get plenty of weight in that race but heâ€™s going there mainly to race the Melbourne way.
â€œThen heâ€™ll have two weeks to go into the Cox Plate at his fourth run.â€
TAB Sportsbet currently rates Black Piranha as a $16 chance for the Cox Plate.