By Glenn Davis
Imported stayer Araldo Junior could be aimed for a Country Cups campaign in Victoria during the spring after providing trainer Mike Moroney with his third Queensland Cup at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
Araldo Junior, ridden by Michael Cahill, proved a class above his rivals by downing My Diamantine by 2-3/4 lengths in the 3200-metre Listed feature.
The Liam Birchley-trained Pop ‘N’ Scotch finished third, a further 1-1/4 lengths away, to give him placings in the past four Queensland Cups.
Moroney won his first Queensland Cup with Tinseltown at Eagle Farm in 2011 before Mister Impatience was successful when the Cup was run at the Sunshine Coast in 2015.
Moroney is a regular visitor to Queensland each winter for the Brisbane winter carnival but his numbers this year have been down on previous years.
“We sent him to Sydney looking for wet tracks and he ran two good races there in the Kensei and Winter Cup,” Moroney said from Melbourne.
“Since he went to Sydney he has turned his form around.
“I liked the way he got to the line when he ran fifth in the Winter Cup so we decided to have a go at the Queensland Cup.
“He had a few feet problems early in his career and he likes a bit of give in the ground.”
Araldo Junior was bought in Germany and is a half-brother to Araldo who also was imported from overseas a few years earlier.
Araldo finished seventh in the 2014 Melbourne Cup won by Protectionist but had to be euthanised after he broke a pastern in his right hind leg when he kicked a fence returning to his stall.
Moroney will confer with connections before deciding if Araldo Junior remains in Brisbane for another run or heads back to his home State.
“I don’t think he’s up to a Caulfield Cup but some of those country Cups here in the spring look nice races for him,” he said.
Araldo Junior’s win was his first in 13 months and his sixth overall in 23 starts which boosted his prizemoney to more than $280,000.
Racing Queensland webnews July 15