Willie Mullins is looking to see Max Dynamite recapture the brilliant form which saw him narrowly miss out on winning the Melbourne Cup when he reappears in Sandown’s BetVictor Henry II Stakes this evening.
Before going so close Down Under Max Dynamite was a breathtaking winner of the Lonsdale Cup at York, with the likes of Clever Cookie, Trip To Paris and Big Orange all trailing in his wake.
Mullins would have preferred an earlier comeback with the Ascot Gold Cup in mind, but if Max Dynamite is to head off on his travels again it might not be the worst preparation in the world given the Melbourne Cup is not until November.
“He’s in good form,” said Mullins. “I had hoped to get him out before now actually, but we’ll let him take in this. The ground should be ideal for him, which is a bonus.
“The two obvious targets we’re looking at, all going well after this, are the Gold Cup and the Melbourne Cup.
“How hard it will be to get him to peak in June and then November again, I don’t know, but that’s what we’re doing.
“He has to show us that he’s in the same sort of form that he was last season and then he needs to maintain that.
“We’re looking for a good run to show he’s back to himself and it should put him right for Ascot.”
Burmese took a big step forward when a close fifth on his first run this season in the Sagaro Stakes and with that under his belt could pose the biggest threat to the Irish raider.
Trainer Marcus Tregoning is also thinking of the Gold Cup for his charge, but feels next year could be the one for him. “He ran extremely well at Ascot, he was a little unlucky not to finish even closer, I felt,” said Tregoning.
“He came out of that race well and is going into this in good form.
“That was a step up in class but he proved he certainly wasn’t out of place and he deserves to run in this.
“If he runs well again the obvious aim is the Gold Cup, where I’m sure the extra distance will bring about even more improvement, although he might be meeting even better horses.
“He’s very lightly-raced still and I have a feeling he could be even better again next year.”
Richard Fahey’s Suegioo was just ahead of Burmese in the Sagaro and has since run fourth behind Clever Cookie in the Yorkshire Cup.
“He doesn’t know how to run a bad race, he is what it says on the tin,” said Fahey.
“If he gets placed he’s run a good race, but he’d prefer a bigger field and strong pace to run at, but with his mark life is tough in handicaps.”
Sir Mark Prescott’s Pallasator makes his seasonal return, with Ed de Giles’ Frosty Berry, who got the better of Clever Cookie at Nottingham, completing the field.
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