Golden Mile 2015: French import Gris Caro will return to racing at Bendigo on Saturday   Leave a comment

Golden Mile 2015: French import Gris Caro will return to racing at Bendigo on Saturday

Ben Melham riding gris Caro wins at Caulfield Racecourse.

Ben Melham riding Gris Caro wins at Caulfield. Source: Getty Images

JAKE Stephens will kick off Gris Caro’s autumn campaign in Saturday’s $150,000 Listed Golden Mile at Bendigo.

The French import hasn’t raced since finishing down the track in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington during the Melbourne Spring Carnival before soreness denied the grey a start

in the Caulfield Cup.

Stephens said the Naturalism Stakes winner was progressing well after overcoming the soreness issues that ended his spring campaign prematurely.

“I haven’t had a good look at the noms yet but he’s ready to go,’’ Stephens said yesterday.

“He’s had a few easy months and we’ve been avoiding the hard tracks with him,’’ he said.

“He’s spent a large portion of his time at the beach, he’s a had couple of jumps out and all seems pretty good with him.’’

“He’s had a couple of jump-outs and they’ve been positive, especially over the shorter trips, so hopefully he can run well this weekend.’’

While the Golden Mile was the perfect starting point for Gris Caro’s return to racing, the Easter Cup at Caulfield on Easter Monday was the target this campaign.

“He’ll head towards the Easter Cup and we’ll just wait and see how he comes back,’’ Stephens added.

“We’re not making any big plans, but being a bull (stallion) they don’t seem to need big long breaks (in the paddock).’’

“Obviously the spring is again our goal but we’ll just see what he does in the Easter Cup and go from there.’’

Gris Caro isn’t the only South Australian nominated for the Bendigo feature.

Tony McEvoy has Evangelist engaged while impressive C S Hayes Stakes winner Dylanson from the Phillip Stokes stable is also among nominations.

Fellow Fleurieu Peninsula horseman Dennis O’Leary is also looking to Melbourne with the in-form Minnymoo who comes off an impressive Morphettville win on Adelaide Cup Day.

O’Leary has nominated the mare for both Moonee Valley on Friday night in heat of the Jeep 55 Second Challenge and Bendigo’s stand alone Saturday meeting.

Originally published as Gris Caro in Golden return

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Posted March 17, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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