Russian Camelot’s path to the All-Star Mile has been cleared up by trainer Danny O’Brien.
The Age has reported that O’Brien will send his star runner to Cranbourne on Monday for a jump-out ahead of a possible first-up assault at the All-Star Mile.
Russian Camelot has been spelled since the 2019 Melbourne Cup which finished a very impressive and busy spring for the then 3 year-old.
O’Brien said his very impressed with how Russian Camelot has come along in his time off and believes he will be primed to go even when fresh come All-Star Mile Day.
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“He’s in great shape,” O’Brien said.
“He’s a bit bigger and stronger now he’s had a spell and he seems to have come back in really good order.”
The plan for the Cox Plate place-getter has always been to head straight to the $5m spectacle and O’Brien believes he has a winning chance.
“At this stage it’ll be first up,” O’Brien said.
“He’s trialing at Cranbourne this coming Monday and we’ll assess it from there. Our original intention was to go first up; we’ll just see how he trials and where he’s at.
“[The aim of the trial is to] just to stretch his legs, take a bit of the freshness out of him. We’re hoping they’ll get a bit of rain there and it’ll be a nice surface.”
Russian Camelot currently sits 6th in voting for the All-Star Mile.