He’s smarter than your average stayer, so Yogi should be a winning chance when he races fresh in the Listed Winter Cup on Saturday at Rosehill according to co-trainer Ciaron Maher.
Yogi has not been seen since finishing down the track as a $10 chance in the 3200-metre Sydney Cup in April but Maher said he was showing all the signs that he was ready to perform.
“We’ve targeted this race for him and then he can roll into the two-mile race (Stayer’s Cup), which will suit him nicely,” Maher said on Tuesday.
“He’s had a freshen up since his last campaign up there (Sydney) and he seems in pretty good order. He’s free and he’s pretty right to go.
“I think he won here at Caulfield fresh-up up over 1800 (metres) so I think he does like a bit of time between runs. He does get a few niggles and pain and stuff like that.
“His fitness is still pretty good as he’s only had a little freshen up, so I think he’ll run well.”
If Yogi makes it to the Stayer’s Cup at Rosehill on June 29 it will be the third 3200-metre race he’s contested this season.
Yogi narrowly missed a run when balloted from the Melbourne Cup in November but made amends when he scored in the Sandown Cup over the same trip two weeks later. He was then fancied to make an impression in the Sydney Cup, but after drifting well back in the field, failed to run home as expected.
Yogi certainly gets his chance for another victory in the Winter Cup as of the 15 nominations, he is the highest-rated contender with a 102 domestic rating.
Maher could have a hand in Queensland’s major race for the weekend as he eyes off the $175,000 Ipswich Cup on Saturday with Mask Of Time.
Maher explained the import would relish a drop back in class after two runs ago taking on Winx in her finale in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes before he was outgunned in the G2 Hollindale Cup on the Gold Coast.
“He’s had a little bit of a freshen-up so I’ll just see how he works,” Maher said on Tuesday morning.
“He could be a fraction soft but definitely a drop in class will suit him. It just seems to be the right class.”