Captain Sonador set for Prime Minister’s Cup

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Captain Sonador can return to winning form at the Gold Coast this Saturday.

But trainer Roger Milne said a start depended in whether the track dries out in time for the Listed Prime Minister’s Cup over 1300m.

The Group 1 Epsom Handicap winner was scheduled to run in the G1 Doomben 10,000 and G1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm before retiring to stand at Raheen Stud.

But connections have decided to give him an extra run this Saturday before a decision is made whether to continue his winter campaign. “The jury is still out with him,” trainer Roger Milne said. “He will start so long as the track is okay.”

The change of plans follow Captain Sonador’s unplaced run in the G1 Doncaster Handicap at a waterlogged Randwick last month. “The Doncaster was a non-event,” Milne said. “He travelled well but he couldn’t let down in the heavy going. Luke (Nolen) said he didn’t want to knock the horse about in case he was going to run in the All-Aged Stakes.

“I thought about the All-Aged but gave it a miss when the track was wet again.”

Milne will make a final decision whether Captain Sonador takes his place in the Prime Minister’s Cup (1300m) following trackwork this Thursday. “If we miss this Saturday, he will start in the BTC Sprint on Saturday week before the 10,000 and Stradbroke.”

Prior to the Doncaster Handicap, Captain Sonador produced a sound effort to finish less than three lengths from Rangirangdoo in the G1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on April 2. “I thought it was a good run in the George Ryder and it was just the heavy track why he ran so badly in the Doncaster.”

Captain Sonador (Shamardal) has a good record at the Gold Coast where he claimed the Listed Goldmarket Handicap (1300m) in January. The Prime Minister’s Cup is worth $175,000 and other nominations include local flyer Faster Son and interstate stars Rightfully Yours and Sniper’s Bullet.