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Trainer Matt Cumani has spaced the runs of import Critical Risk in the hope he can make his mark during winter in Melbourne.

The last-start Cranbourne winner steps out for his third Australian start in Wednesday’s Schweppes Handicap (1600m) at Sandown having had almost five weeks between races.

“I want to try to keep him going throughout the winter and see if we can pick up a bit of prize money,” Cumani said.

“And in order to do that I’m spacing his racing out a bit.

“He’s a horse that’s quite well and I don’t see any reason to stop with him.

“I think it might be a bit easier to pick up some good prize money over the winter.”

Critical Risk has won twice on soft going which is why Cumani is happy to target winter racing with the four-year-old gelding.

The winner of two from eight starts in England, Critical Risk was Cumani’s second winner as a trainer when he came from back in the field in a 1600m benchmark-70 at Cranbourne on May 13.

“I wouldn’t say it was surprising because I think on his UK form he deserved to be doing something like that,” Cumani said.

But Cumani was delighted by the manner in which Critical Risk won.

“And I hope we can do it again,” he said.

Critical Risk was bought by Dahab Racing as a tried horse at the 2015 Goffs London Sale and went to Cumani’s trainer-father Luca.

“He was bought and then spent the season with my father,” Cumani said.

“He ran a couple of good races without winning, so I suggested to the owner that to try to get back some of the capital that he put into the horse, he should bring him over here,” Cumani said.

Cumani also has stablemate Lunayir, another European import, at Sandown on Wednesday in the 2400m-benchmark 78.

 
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