|The owners of champion Western Australian galloper
Northerly are still looking toward a run in the world's richest race, the Emirates Dubai
World Cup in March.
Trainer Fred Kersley has
confirmed that the son of Serheed has returned to the stables and his first major target
will be the Australian Cup at Flemington.
"He has been back here in work for a week," Kersley
told Sport 927's Adam Hamilton this morning.
"During the break he put on some weight, but because he
hasn't been out that long since the Railway it shouldn't take us too long to get him right
again," he said.
Kersley and his wife Judith, one of the gelding's part owners
will travel to Dubai later this month to inspect facilities as they decide whether
contesting the rich race on dirt should be a target.
"The owners are very keen for him to race in
Dubai, but there's a few things we need to clear up first," Kersley said.
A direct flight from Perth to Dubai would be
"ideal" according to Kersley and he needs to verify if this is possible before a
final decision is made.
Kersley also said the uncertainty about racing on the dirt
track is a query with the Cox Plate winner.
"Because he has never raced on the dirt he must be a
query. Some horses handle it while others really do prefer the turf," Kersley added.
A trip to Singapore to contest one of that country's feature
Group One events in May is also a possibility.
"At this stage he is an early nomination for Singapore
as well," he said.
PICS - Quentin