Nash to ride Lucas Cranach in Caulfield feature
Monday, 20 February 2012
Top Sydney jockey Nash Rawiller will partner the Melbourne Cup placegetter Lucas Cranach in Saturday’s Group II Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.
Rawiller won the mount on the German-bred stallion after Cox Plate-winning rider Craig Williams decided to stick with the Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed in the $200,000 event.
Lucas Cranach will make his first appearance since the Melbourne Cup in the Peter Young Stakes, which will serve as the four-year-old’s only lead-up run before the Group I Australian Cup (2000m) on March 10.
Lucas Cranach’s trainer Anthony Freedman will work the Australian Bloodstock-owned stayer in blinkers on Tuesday before deciding whether to add them to the horse’s gear for his return to racing.
TAB Sportsbet has Lucas Cranach as an $8 third favourite to win the Australian Cup behind Americain at $4.20 and Southern Speed at $7.
Meanwhile, Williams will ride the handy sprinter Master Of Design in the Group I Oakleigh Plate (1100m).
Master Of Design is one of two David Payne-trained gallopers entered for the Oakleigh Plate but Cardinal Virtue is likely to miss the $400,000 sprint in favour of a race in Sydney in the next fortnight.