Like A Carousel worth tilt at Melbourne Cup, says trainer Ken Key   Leave a comment

Like A Carousel worth tilt at Melbourne Cup, says trainer Ken Keys

Like A Carousel will be set for the Melbourne Cup. Picture: Jay Town

Like A Carousel will be set for the Melbourne Cup. Picture: Jay Town Source: News Limited

A THIRD in the Sydney Cup on Saturday has convinced Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys to aim Like A Carousel at the Melbourne Cup.

The $151 chance picked up $120,000 for finishing behind Grand Marshal and Who Shot Thebarman in the Group 1 race over 3200m at Randwick.

Keys said he had prepared the five-year-old differently for his run in Sydney.

“We were that happy, you would have thought we’d won,” he said. “But we thought he was chance, I honestly did. He is an out-and-out stayer.”

Keys said the gelding was never a chance in the two lead-up races to the Sydney Cup — the 2000m Mornington Cup Prelude at Caulfield and 2400m Mornington Cup.

Trainer Ken Keys has lofty goals for his stayer Like A Carousel in the spring.

Trainer Ken Keys has lofty goals for his stayer Like A Carousel in the spring. Source: News Limited

And he said in the past he had taken too long to get Like A Carousel up to a distance.

“And what you finish up doing is getting tired,” Keys said. “This time we set about it differently and I’m happy with myself to get him to two miles third-up and race like he did against such quality. It was fantastic.”

Keys said Like A Carousel, who ran 13th in last year’s ­Sydney Cup, would be spelled before being aimed toward the ultimate 3200m race.

“The reality is that he is a two-miler and there is only one other one for him now (Melbourne Cup) and now his rating might go up a bit more, he might even be a chance of getting into it.” he said.

“And that’s what we’ll dream for him because he is only a young horse and as a five-year-old, there is a bit ahead of him.”

Like A Carousel finished a narrow second in the past two 3200m Sandown Cups and last year finished fourth in the ­Adelaide Cup over 3200m.

Originally published as Carousel worth tilt at Cup: Keys

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Posted April 15, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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