Co-trainer Paul Snowden has revealed that Mediterranean will have to perform to his best ability in Saturday’s 2016 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) to warrant progression to some of the Spring Carnival’s headline races.
Mediterranean has displayed plenty of class and ability through his short racing career so far, but has seemingly failed to come up this time; running fifth in the Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) first-up before placing eighth in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) last time out on September 10th.
Snowden told Racing Ahead that the Smart Missile colt will have to come close to winning the 2016 Stan Fox Stakes to continue his campaign towards the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne October 8th.
“100 per cent, he’ll run there (in the Stan Fox),” Snowden said.
“Off the back of this on Saturday, depends on whether we head to a Guineas with him or not.
“Little bit of the same program as what Shooter (Shooting to Win) went when he won the Guineas.
“We’ll only go down there unless we really have to.”
Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Mediterranean ran a credible fifth in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) on February 27th before again finishing fifth in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m).
Breaking through for a maiden race win in the TAB.com.au Handicap (1200m) on July 6th, the colt out of Ekali ran second in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) in his only other start prior to the Run To The Rose.
The 2016 Stan Fox Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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