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Myer Still On Agenda For Xanadu

Tuesday, 22nd October 2013

Trainer Ken Kelso has revealed dual Gr1-winning New Zealand mare Xanadu (Elusive City-Forest Dream, by Forest Glow) will progress onto the Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on November 2 despite a career-worst performance in the Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield last Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. "I was bitterly disappointed with the run initially," Kelso said. "We had her thoroughly checked out by the vet and she's pulled up well. The reports are she's as free as a bird and hasn't jarred up at all." Kelso believes that the hard ground that prevailed at Caulfield last weekend, along with the fact that Xanadu was in season on the morning of the race, were contributing factors for her poor showing. Kelso is confident that Xanadu can bounce back to the form that saw her defeat a top-class field in the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate at Hawke's Bay prior to arriving in Australia. "I think the bigger track at Flemington and the step back up to 1600 metres will suit in the Myer, along with a different tempo," he said.

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