Lordag jags carnival trip after weekend grade triumph

Trainer Rob Heathcote says Lordag will join his stable champion Buffering for the trip so

Trainer Rob Heathcote says Lordag will join his stable champion Buffering for the trip south this spring. Picture: Darren England

LORDAG earned a trip to the Melbourne Cup carnival with higher profile stablemates Buffering and Hopfgarten after he delivered in Saturday grade for the first time at the weekend.

While Buffering and Hopfgarten have Group 1 goals, it’s a benchmark race on Cup Day that has been marked as the ­target for Lordag.

“His owner, Neil (Owen), goes to the Melbourne Cup carnival every year and it would be lovely for him to have a runner,” trainer Rob Heathcote said.

“He needed to win this race to justify the trip, so I will now probably give him a bit of a breather and get him ready for that.”

Heathcote described Glen Colless’ previous ride on Lordag as “the best beaten ride I’ve ever seen” and was full of praise for his ­effort again this time.

“We watched the race from Prague and were jumping up and down only to learn five seconds later he got beaten,” Heathcote said.

“Glen was at his mercurial best again here and I think he’s a promising horse.”

Buffering has been back in work for a couple of weeks and will kick off again in the Moir Stakes in late September.

“They have put the Moir back to 1000m this year, which probably isn’t ideal for me because there will be a few whippets in there that might make it hard for Buffering to lead,” Heathcote said.

“But he’s over his issue and I still think he’s got a bit to offer.

“Hopfgarten will try and emulate Solzhenitsyn, with the Toorak and Emirates being his prime targets.”

 

Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Courier Mail

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