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Antonio Confirmed for Doncaster
Chris Waller has decided that Antonio Giuseppe will run in the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick on the opening day of The Championships (1 April) in preference to tackling the 3200m of the Sydney Cup seven days later, reports racingnsw.com.au. "Whilst it will be at some stage my intention go back to 2400 and beyond, I don't feel that he has had the right preparation to do so this autumn," said Waller in a statement. "I therefore feel at this stage of his career, he is better suited kept at the shorter distances." The statement continued: "We will also endeavour to put blinkers on him in the Doncaster providing he works well in them." The 4YO New Zealand-bred son of Melbourne Cup winner Shocking scored a brilliant first-up win over 1500m before running second in the Gr3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) behind Tavago, and then finishing fourth in last Saturday's Gr1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) behind Our Ivanhowe. Antonio Giuseppe will carry 51kg in the Doncaster Mile.