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Aktau is set to start a Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup campaign following a tendon injury at The Valley.

Expectations were high when former European galloper Aktau arrived on Australian shores.

A first-up win over 1600m was recorded at Flemington in December 2019 before Aktau had another three starts, rounding out his first Australian campaign with victory in the Mornington Cup.

That success gave Aktau a ballot exemption into the 2020 Caulfield Cup, but after two early spring runs the campaign was halted with a tendon injury.

Aktau resumes at The Valley on Saturday in the Brompton Handicap (1600m) in a bid to race his way into Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup calculations.

Trainer Mike Moroney said Aktau injured a tendon after finishing last in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last October.

“He had a normal rehab time,” Moroney said.

“He had six months out in the paddock and a nice long slow steady build up for him.

“He’s had three jump-outs at Flemington, but he’s a stayer, so it is hard to get a line on him in those jump-outs.

“He’s always been the same, so we’ll get to the races and see how he goes.”

Moroney said Aktau was purchased as a potential Cups contender and ideally that is the path the stable will take again this year.

He said the 1600m journey on Saturday was way short of the gelding’s best trip and it will be interesting to see how Aktau gets around The Valley circuit.

“But it’s a nice starting point, we haven’t got any expectations of him on Saturday, we just want to see him come through it well,” Moroney said.

“That first campaign we gave him, he won three times including the Mornington Cup, but then we only got a couple of runs into him in the spring.

“We didn’t get much of a guide on him and now hopefully he stays sound and we can give him a Cups preparation and see where we get to.”

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