MELBOURNE CAMPAIGN FOR SAMPSON

MELBOURNE CAMPAIGN FOR SAMPSON

Hardy campaigner Sampson will be raced in Australia in the coming weeks.

Trainer Howie Mathews has announced that he will be heading to Auckland with the nine-year-old on Tuesday and they are booked on a flight to Melbourne on Wednesday.

Mathews has a $A135,000 race over 2500m at Flemington on Anzac Day (April 25) as the horse’s immediate goal and there is also a chance he may have one or two more races in Victoria after that.

Sampson was a last start second in the Group 2 Awapuni Gold Cup (2000m) on March 30 and that followed a runaway 8-1/4 length victory in the Listed New Zealand St Leger (2600m) at Trentham.

The Dubai Destination gelding, part-owned by the trainer’s wife Lorraine, is the winner of 11 races from 65 starts and has amassed more than $456,000 in stakemoney.

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