Despite drawing barrier 14 in Saturday’s Group 1 $A700,000 Kingsford Smith Cup, co-trainer Ciaron Maher has not written off the chances of Dubious in the 1300-metre feature.
Dubious comes into the race off the back of a last-start success in the Group 2 BRC Champagne Classic ( 1200m) and lightweight jockey Nikita Beriman will replace James McDonald in the saddle.
“He could have run in the Sires’ Produce but that’s a Group 2 and doesn’t really do much for his CV,” Maher said.
“It will be a huge addition to his CV if he can win a Group 1 and it doesn’t concern me that he’s still a two-year-old. He’s quite a seasoned racehorse already and not far off turning three and he’s got a good turn of foot.
“The weight pull with only 48 kilograms was a big attraction and the 1300 metres is right up his ally.”