A delay in jockey Vlad Duric’s Singapore work visa will enable him to ride Mourinho in the Group One CF Orr race at Caulfield.
Duric was granted a licence by the Singapore Turf Club to commence riding from February 1, but is still awaiting confirmation of his work visa.
He hopes to head to Singapore after Mourinho runs in the Orr Stakes on Saturday.
The jockey trialled Mourinho at Cranbourne on Monday, winning an 800m heat, in which he wasn’t knocked about.
Duric said Mourinho’s trial was the perfect lead-in to Saturday’s race, a race he finished third in last year behind Dissident and Entirely Platinum.
However the jockey realises it’s going to be a difficult task and suggested the Group Two Peter Young Stakes over 1800m on February 27 may be his race.
“I was really rapt with how he felt,” Duric said.
“If he can run well and bounce out of it going forward to the Peter Young, that’s the race he’ll take some beating in.”
Duric said he will return to ride Mourinho in the Peter Young Stakes and again if he presses on to the Australian Cup on March 12 or the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on April 9.
Trainer Peter Gelagotis said Mourinho has improved since his first-up seventh to Holler in the Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley on January 23, a race he won last year.
He said Duric was a little concerned that they didn’t go very quick in the trial and the gelding wasn’t going to do a great deal, but in the end was happy with the workout.
“I am walking away from the exercise happy and looking forward to Saturday,” Gelagotis said.
“The way he went this morning, if he is fortunate enough to draw a gate, and if he doesn’t blunder the start like he did a fortnight ago, he might fill a hole and really bowl into the Peter Young with a lot of confidence.”
There are 22 nominations for the Orr Stakes that includes Boban, Bow Creek, Fawkner, Happy Trails, Hucklebuck, Press Statement, Rebel Dane, Rising Romance, Suavito and Turn Me Loose.
The field capacity for Saturday’s race is 18 and four emergencies.