Mongolian Khan was unlucky to be ruled out of the Melbourne Cup as a result of injury, but trainer Murray Baker has revealed the multiple Group 1 winner has returned to excellent health and is eyeing an Autumn Carnival return in a race like the 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).
Mongolian Khan immediately stamped himself as one to watch upon debuting to racing in late 2014 and has already amassed an impressive eight wins and one minor through thirteen career starts; highlighted by three wins at the highest level including the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) most recently on October 17th.
Having suffered a minor colic attack following his Caulfield Cup triumph, Baker told Racing Victoria he is thrilled with the condition of the talented son of Holy Roman Emperor and is yet to settle on what his first point of call will be this time.
“I couldn’t be happier with him, he’s going really well,” Baker said.
“He’s back to his original weight and health and is the same old horse.
“He’s trialling next week on Tuesday at Matamata but I don’t expect him to do too much over 1200 metres.
“If we kick him off here we have to go to Otaki for the Hanui Farm Classic (1600m) which is a long way from our stable.
“If we go to Melbourne he could run at Caulfield and then the Australian Cup (2000m) but if we run in the Chipping Norton then we’ll keep him in Sydney for the Ranvet (2000m) and The BMW (2400m).”
Mongolian Khan returned to racing in 2015 in exceptional order; winning the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2000m) on January 31st before posting a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) a fortnight later.
Travelling to Australia for a first-up fifth in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on March 21st, Mongolian Khan stamped his authority over a mile and a half when triumphant in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Resuming in spring for seventh in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), the four-year-old progressed to fourth in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and third in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) leading into the Caulfield Cup.
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