Gust Of Wind will not race again before the Melbourne Cup with trainer John Sargent confident she is at her peak.
The Australian Oaks winner worked with stablemate Thunder Lady on Tuesday morning on the course proper at Flemington and Sargent was delighted with the hit-out and, more importantly, Gust Of Wind’s recovery.
He entered her for Saturday’s Mackinnon Stakes in case he felt she needed to run but confirmed after her gallop she would go straight to next week’s Melbourne Cup.
“I went back and checked on her and she was straight into her breakfast and it was like she hadn’t even had a gallop,” Sargent said.
“She won’t need another run. I just spoke to (jockey) Chad Schofield. We’re all ready to go for the Cup.”
Because Gust Of Wind can be a lazy track worker, Sargent put her race day blinkers on for Tuesday’s gallop to make sure she concentrated after she was trounced in a pre-Caulfield Cup hit-out by Volkstok’n’barrell.
Gust Of Wind, who ran fourth in the Caulfield Cup, and Thunder Lady were timed at 24.04 seconds for their last 400m in 24.04 seconds with Gust Of Wind just in front on the line.
Thunder Lady will try to force her way into the Melbourne Cup in Saturday’s Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington which carries a ballot exemption for the winner.
“She’s 30th in the order of entry so she’ll probably have to win (the Lexus) to get in,” Sargent said.
“She’ll be primed for Saturday and we know she loves Flemington.”