Our Big Mike had a successful summer campaign in Australia late last year and his connections are hoping to replicate those results in the coming month.
The Craig and Shaun Phelan-trained gelding placed in two runs in Melbourne before winning the Listed Pakenham Cup (2500m) in December and he could add another stakes win to his tally when he lines-up in the Listed WJ McKell Cup (2400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The son of Don Eduardo arrived in Sydney on Monday night and co-trainer Shaun Phelan said he has settled in well to his new surroundings at Jim and Greg Lee’s Randwick stables.
“He seems all good and is bright enough. We are happy with the way he has settled in.”
Our Big Mike was disappointing when tailing the field home two starts back in the Group 2 Easter Handicap (1600m) at Ellerslie, but a 3-1/4 length victory over 2100m at Te Rapa earlier this month was enough to secure his ticket across the Tasman.
The six-year-old gelding will jump from barrier five on Saturday with expat New Zealand jockey Sam Weatherley aboard.
Phelan is happy with his charge heading into the race and is hoping the predicted rain will arrive before the weekend.
“He was pretty fit before he came over here, all our track fitness work has been done at home, so it’s just a matter of keeping him ticking over and happy over here, and he seems well,” he said.