Luckless Melbourne Cup scratching King Of Leogrance has recovered the race day setback that ruled him out of the great race with trainer Danny O’Brien prepared to chase a consolation prize at Sandown next Saturday.
O’Brien will nominate the Adelaide Cup winner for both the $250,000 Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) and the $150,000 Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) at the feature meeting with a decision to be made later in the week on which way he will head.
The son of Camelot is looking to bounce back from a Cup Day heartbreak where connections had to scratch the Group 2 winner on the morning of the Cup when he was found to be lame in the off fore due to an abscess.
O’Brien, who won the 2019 Melbourne Cup with Vow And Declare, is confident King Of Leogrance has now put the issue behind him and is ready to end his spring campaign on a high note.
“It was an issue that was quickly good and he is going good now and has galloped since,” O’Brien said.
“Hopefully we can get something at Sandown after missing the Cup run.
Melbourne Cup winning horse trainer Danny O’Brien at his complex in Barwon Heads. Picture: Peter RistevskiSource:News Corp Australia
“I am sure he will run well whichever way we head whether that be the Zipping Classic or Sandown Cup.
“I will have a look at the nominations and then make a decision from there.”
O’Brien is also likely to have a runner in one of the day’s other feature events with Embolism set to be nominated to run in the $250,000 Group 2 Sandown Guineas.
The son of Shamus Award is coming off a fifth placing in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington with connections keen to secure some black type for the colt.
“He is well after he didn’t have much luck in the Carbine Club,” O’Brien said.
“We will nominate him for the Guineas and make a decision later in the week.”
A full list of nominations for Saturday’s Sandown meeting will be released on Monday morning.
Originally published asO’Brien reveals King of Leogrance’s next mission
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