A delayed start to the spring could lead to a trip to Perth for Group 1 Australasian Oaks winner Media Award.
Media Award scored a surprise win in the Australasian Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide on May 1, but a minor problem prevented the daughter of Shamus Award running in the Queensland Oaks in June.
“After I galloped her at Eagle Farm on the Tuesday before the Oaks, she just pulled up a bit scratchy and never really got over it,” Calthorpe said.
“It was just a bit of soreness, and we couldn’t get it fixed up in time.
“She was a bit lame the rest of the week and I’m happy I didn’t press on and run her. She’s good now.”
Calthorpe said Media Award has spent time at his operation near Euroa and his Geelong base since returning to work a fortnight ago.
He said the now four-year-old would return to racing at Flemington in Melbourne Cup week
“I hope to have her ready to run first-up in Cup Week sometime,” Calthorpe said.
Chris Calthorpe will attempt to get Media Award to Perth for the Railway Stakes and Kingston Town Classic in November. Picture: Racing Photos – via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
“She’s about six weeks off a trial.
“There’s a couple of Group 2 races for her, the Maybe Mahal over 1400m or the Chatham over 1400m as well.
“They’re probably her likely targets for her first-up but after that, who knows?”
Like any traveller, Calthorpe’s plan hinges on Covid-19 developments in the next few weeks, especially with Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan’s tough stance on border closures.
Calthorpe said Media Award could bypass her first-up Flemington run if he could get the mare to Perth early enough.
“I wouldn’t mind going to Perth with her, but I don’t know if that’s going to be realistic,” he said.
“If I could get to Perth earlier, I wouldn’t run her Cup Week and run her first-up in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes over 1400m.
“The Railway (Stakes) would be after that then the Kingston Town (Classic).”
Originally published asFlemington or Perth start for Media Award
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