WERRIBEE Cup winner Unusual Suspect is a nomination for both the Wellington and Auckland Cup, but trainer Mick Kent said only the latter is a serious consideration.
Kent said the logistics of taking a horse to Wellington - a 10-hour plus float trip after a flight - made the race untenable.
He added he would now nominate the nine-year-old for the Bagot Handicap at Flemington on New Year’s Day, a race he also plans to run yesterday’s Flemington winner You Think So.
“We’re thinking we might go Bagot then Mornington Cup then Auckland Cup with him,” Kent said.
“You can’t fly direct to Wellington that’s the problem. You have to fly to Auckland then travel 10 hours down to Wellington and then I would have to leave him there for a month and there is only one little lead-up race (for the Auckland Cup) a week before.
“Looking at the logistics it’s easier to stay here and run in the Bagot first, depending on what weight he gets.”
The Auckland Cup (3200 m) is run on Wednesday, March 6. It may well be the farewell race for Unusual Suspect, who is likely to stand at stud in New Zealand.
You Think So, qualified for the Moonee Valley Night Cup, will head to the Bagot then possibly to Tasmania for the Hobart or Launceston Cups.
“There is so many options for him, he’s a progressive stayer,” Kent said.