New Zealand stayer Sampson will back up from his Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) second into the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (3000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Trained by Howie Matthews, the nine-year-old finished a length and a quarter behind Bergerac in Saturday’s Listed prize and Matthews believes the effort will top him off for his next assignment.
“I said to Mark (du Plessis) before he went out that I wanted him to use every ounce of his skill as a world-class jockey to give the old boy his best chance at winning the race,” Matthews said.
“We could see from the speed map that there wasn’t really a pacemaker in the race so I was keen for him to roll forward if he could. He (Sampson) was just a little tardily away so Mark did exactly the right thing by dropping him in and taking cover before asking him to come into the race when he did.”