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Caulfield Cup Likely Target For Our Ivanhowe
Meanwhile, trainer Lee Freedman has provided an update on Gr1 Doomben Cup winner Our Ivanhowe (Soldier Hollow-Indigo Girl, by Sternkönig) who is out spelling ahead of the spring. While he and his co-training brother Anthony are yet to confirm the German-bred import's spring programme, Freedman nominated the Gr1 Caulfield Cup as the most likely target. Our Ivanhowe was an unlucky runner in last year's Caulfield Cup when third behind Mongolian Khan and Trip To Paris. "We brought him back down to Pinecliff [after the Doomben Cup]," Freedman told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "He paddocks each day but boxes each night, and then after about three weeks of that he'll start doing some walking and/or swimming. He will then have about five weeks of rest and relaxation and then he'll come back for the spring." Freedman added: "We're not sure what his spring goals are yet, but the Caulfield Cup on firm ground after his run last year would be an obvious target. But then again if we got a very wet spring the Cox Plate could be a target instead." Freedman seemed to indicate that the Melbourne Cup would not be a priority for Our Ivanhowe in the spring, claiming the 6YOs fifth placing in last year's Cup as providing inconclusive evidence as to his two-mile prowess. "He ran very creditably in the Melbourne Cup but whether he is a 3200 metre horse, I'm not sure," he said. "He could well be, but it was hard to determine from that run. He got stopped in his tracks at a vital stage and those types of horses who have been trained for that sort of race just can't pick up and sprint." He added: "The Caulfield Cup seems the obvious race at this stage."