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Mackinnon Target For Ferlax

Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Trainer Jim Conlan has revealed he is pointing last season's Australian Guineas winner Ferlax (Pentire-Legs Akimbo, by Marscay) at the $1 million Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on November 2, reports NZ Racing Desk. Conlan says the 4YO entire will bypass both the Epsom Handicap at Randwick this weekend and the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 26. "I have always wanted him to peak for the Mackinnon. It's a million-dollar race, run at his favourite track and at his ideal distance," explained Conlan. "Sometimes the Cox Plate horses go to the race and they can be knocked around a little from the previous week, so that has always been our main aim for him this spring." At his most recent outing, Ferlax was seventh behind Rebel Dane in the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes but Conlan says there were mitigating factors. "He stepped away slowly then the race became very messy for him. I was concerned before the race that he needed a mile and I was right," he said. "I just want to have him spot-on for the Mackinnon, that's his race."

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