Racing: Australian Bloodstock secure another top stayer

Racing: Australian Bloodstock secure another top stayer

Midterm beat Australian Bloodstock’s Shraaoh to claim the Manion Cup on heavy going on Golden Slipper day at Rosehill for high-profile owner Lloyd Williams.

The six-year-old gelding was then ninth in the $2 million Sydney Cup on by Shraaoh on a good surface at Randwick last Saturday.

The British import has won four times in 19 starts for $350,640 in prizemoney. It has one win in eight Australian starts.

Australian Bloodstock director Luke Murrell said Midterm would go to Wyong trainer Kim Waugh.

“I’m not quite sure he runs 3200, which is probably the only thing with him,” Murrell said.

“But I just really like the horse. I think there’s still a bit of upside with him even though he’s an older horse. And Kim has done a good job with Our Century.

“This horse should have won the group 1 Metropolitan [when fifth] in the spring so I think he’s at that level.

“We’re happy to be punching around at group 1 and 2 level. He may not get to the Melbourne Cup distance, but he should be good fun.”

Murrell said the Chris Waller-trained Shraaoh has been spelled and will be set for the Melbourne Cup, where he believes he could be a top-six chance.

Australian Bloodstock, winner of the 2014 Melbourne Cup with Protectionist, also had the Kris Lees-trained Big Duke, Red Cardinal and Doukhan in the Sydney Cup.

Big Duke will have a short break before being aimed at the Doomben and Brisbane Cups.

Murrell said Red Cardinal could follow the same path but Doukhan, which was fifth in the Sydney Cup, will head to the McKell Cup next month, into the Stayers Cup.

Meanwhile, three-time group 1 winner Le Romain could have another crack at the Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm (1300m) next month.

Second in the group 1 last year, Le Romain will first try to go one better in the All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

The six-year-old gelding has been second in the past two All Aged Stakes from wide barriers and he has the extreme outside this time around.

Lees will put blinkers on Le Romain for the first time after a last-start ninth in the Doncaster Mile.

“He’s worn winkers a few times and I thought a bit of a change, with a view to dropping him back in distance, might just be something to stimulate him a bit,” Lees told AAP.

“He had a few days at the beach and went on the water walker for a couple of days, then he had a gallop Tuesday morning in the blinkers and pleased me.”

Lees also has Asharani in the JHB Carr Stakes and Miss Que in the Hall Mark Stakes, both at group 3 level.

Sammie Clenton will have the first Saturday metropolitan rides of her comeback aboard Star Shaft for Tim McIntosh and Tougherthantherest for Keith Dryden.