Cluster Unlikely to Appear in 2014 Epsom Handicap

September 3rd, 2014

Initially outlining Super Saturday’s feature race at the ideal target this time in, trainer Peter Snowden has confirmed he is now unlikely to accept a position in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) for classy runner Cluster; underlining the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) one week earlier as a likely replacement.

Cluster is unlikely to accept into the 2014 Epsom Handicap

Cluster is unlikely to accept into the 2014 Epsom Handicap. Photo: Steve Hart

A notable performer in major black type races through the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, Cluster has returned to racing in great condition this time in; winning each of his first two starts before finishing second in the Hyland Race Colours 3.y.o+ (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens last weekend.

Understandably pleased with the continually building condition and class of the Fastnet Rock entire, Snowden told TVN the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 13th will be a particularly good form indicator in deciding which path to settle on with Cluster through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

“I’ve had a chat with his owner, Peter Moran, and we think while he’s got quite an explosive turn of foot, he might be better suited to the shorter races rather than stretching him to a mile,” Snowden said.

“His run last Saturday, even though he didn’t win, was very good. He’s a lovely horse to work with. He’s pleasing me every time he goes to the track and I think the 1400m race at Caulfield could be ideal for him.

“We’ll go to the Theo Marks and that will tell us a lot more. I’m not completely ruling out the Epsom but I’d say it would be highly unlikely that he would run.”

Securing two wins and three minor places from just nine competitive race starts so far, Cluster began his racing career under the guidance of trainer Anthony Cummings before transferring to the care of Peter and Paul Snowden during winter.

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