Queensland will have no representation in next week’s Victoria Cup.
The Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit starts on Saturday week (October 14) with the running of the Gr.1 $200,000 Allied Express Victoria Cup at TABCORP Park, Melton.
But the Sunshine State open class specialists will remain on home soil.
Connections of emerging stars Major Cam and Watch Pulp Fiction briefly considered heading south before ruling it out while Ultimate Art suffered a recent setback which cut short preparation time for the 2240m feature.
Prepared by Shannon Price and Scott Miller for Kirsty Formosa, the giant striding Modern Art gelding finished a game second behind triple Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova in 1:51.5 at Albion Park on September 2.
Ultimate Art sat without cover in the 1660m open class event, the winning time was the third fastest time ever recorded at the 1000m Breakfast Creek oval.
“He went fantastic in that race, doing all the work and in brilliant time was just an unbelievable effort but it took its toll on him. He was a bit flat for a couple of days after and we’ve backed off on him since that run.” Miller said.
Since returning Brisbane, Ultimate Art has thrived with four excellent performances which includes two victories at Albion Park.
Ultimate Art rated a stunning 1:51.7 on August 12 before scoring again the following week in a controlled 1:55.8.
The proven feature race wouldn’t looked out of place in the Victoria Cup but connections have several other options including the Inter Dominion series in Perth plus the Queensland summer carnival during the month of December at Albion Park.
“The Victoria Cup just came up a little too quick for him while no firm decision has been made on the Inter yet, we’ll let him decide whether he makes that trip west or not once he’s back racing.
“He’s back cantering again and will return to full-work again shortly, he actually looks absolutely super in his coat right now.”
Meanwhile, Major Cam is back jogging after a few easy days following his latest scorching victory at Albion Park on September 16.
The Kylie Rasmussen and Darren Weeks trained gelding sat parked over the final 1100m metres before racing clear of Avonnova in a 54.2 seconds closing half.
The Art Major gelding is now being readied for the Queensland summer carnival features.
And connections of Watch Pulp Fiction, a winner of his past three starts at Albion Park will also bypass the Victoria Cup next week but is likely to head south next month with his classy stablemate Mattgregor who is being aimed at the Gr.2 $75,000 4 & 5yo Championship.
The feature is scheduled for November 11.
Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | October 2