With next weekend’s Caulfield Cup seemingly out of his reach, Group One-winning Kiwi stayer Patrick Erin will continue his spring campaign in Saturday’s A$500,000 St Leger at Randwick.
Bred and owned in the South Island and formerly trained by Brian and Shane Anderton, the son of Gallant Guru won last month’s Metropolitan Handicap from the all-conquering Sydney stable of Chris Waller.
Patrick Erin is nominated for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and received a two-kilogram penalty for his last-start Group One win, but he remains well outside the top 18 in the order of entry for the A$5 million Caulfield Cup on Saturday week.
“He runs here because it looks like he won’t get a start in the Caulfield Cup, which is a little disappointing,” Waller said.
Metropolitan-winning rider Corey Brown will be aboard Patrick Erin again on Saturday, with the pair rated a $7.50 chance.
Randwick is rated in the heavy range after significant rain in Sydney during the week, but Waller has no concerns over rain-affected ground.
“He has won five times on soft tracks in New Zealand, and he has had one run on a heavy track for a placing,” he said.
“The most significant difference from this start to the Metropolitan is the fact that he is going up to 59 kilograms. It is a slight concern with the weight, but he has certainly come through his Metropolitan run well and Saturday’s race will be only his fourth run for the preparation.
“It is still our intention to get him down to Melbourne and he may need to run in a race like the Lexus, hoping to get a start in the Melbourne Cup.”