With clarity over the spring carnival programs, trainer Mike Moroney is getting his stable’s leading prospects back to work including Cups contender Aktau and Everest hopeful Tofane.
The Melbourne spring carnival program was locked in last Friday, with Racing Victoria deciding to keep the traditional dates and not adopt a Melbourne Racing Club proposal to shift this year’s Caulfield Cup back more than a month from October until November.
“We had this time in mind for them to return but the one that changed a bit was Aktau, just depending on when the Caulfield Cup was on,” Moroney said.
Moroney said he would have delayed Aktau’s return to the stable had the Caulfield Cup been pushed back.
“We’ll be trying to do both if we could,” Moroney said.
Moroney said his first thoughts were to take Aktau on a weight-for-age path before the Caulfield Cup, which is run under handicap conditions.
“We’re going to try to get into the Caulfield Cup with the right weight to give him his best chance,” he said.
Moroney said they had kept an eye on Aktau and said he had spelled OK and put on a little weight without spelling brilliantly.
“But he’s the sort of horse who is probably better in a routine in a stable too,” he said.
While CF Orr Stakes winner Alabama Express has been retired to stud the Moroney stable’s other Group One winner this season, Tofane, will be chasing more feature spring success having won the All-Aged Stakes in Sydney in April.
“We’re going to try to get her to The Everest,” Moroney said.
“If she can get a slot there, that would be great.”