Levendi on track for Guineas
Levendi is back on the path to the Caulfield Guineas and it is hoped he will start his preparation at Mornington on Wednesday.
Levendi impressed with a second-up maiden win at Ballarat last June, and stable manager Manny Gelagotis says the aim is now to pick up some prizemoney, starting with the Fastrac Food Services Handicap (1200m).
There are fears that the Mornington track could come up too wet for Levendi, and if that is the case, then he has also been nominated for races at Morphettville or Kyneton on Saturday.
"We just want to maximise the opportunities to earn prizemoney and get the horse to where we want to get to," Gelagotis said.
"There is never a soft option but we thought in our programming that he has to race this week and we've nominated him everywhere."
With minimal funds in the bank after Levendi's sole outing, chasing prizemoney is important for the stable but Gelagotis is happy connections took a conservative approach with the promising galloper.
"We took a long-term view that in the interests of the horse, that he should go to the paddock after his Ballarat win," Gelagotis said. "That formline kept going and won races, which is great.
"We sacrificed prizemoney when we tipped him out and gave him time to mature rather than some other trainers that tried to freshen their horses up, which was not what we were ever going to do.
"A gutbuster down the straight first-up (in the Danehill Stakes at Flemington), we just didn't think that was in the horse's best interests. He'll peak when he gets to 1400m and beyond."
Levendi is a 16/1 shot to win the Caulfield Guineas.
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