Securing several commendable results over the 2014 Spring Carnival, trainer Ciaron Maher has revealed talented galloper Akavoroun will target black type success in New South Wales over the 2015 Autumn Carnival.
Securing six wins and one minor place over just eleven competitive starts so far, Akavoroun has not been seen at the races since finishing a credible fifth behind Hooked in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.
Pleased with the form and class displayed by the five-year-old since his return to work, Maher confirmed the Lacryma Cristi gelding will contest a Caulfield barrier trial next week before travelling to Sydney to target races like the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) in March.
“His rating is still good enough for handicap races, so we’ll race here a few times to try and get him ready for the better races in Sydney,” Maher told TVN.
Beating a classy field to the line in a minor over 1400m on debut during the 2013 autumn, Akavoroun repeated the dose in the Jimjoca Handicap (1300m) on May 23rd before returning to the paddock.
Taking out two minors over 1200m and 1400m respectively at the beginning of his 2014 campaign, Akavoroun placed second in the Sportingbet BM84 (1500m) before taking out each of the VRC-CRV Winter Championship Open (1410m) and Listed VRC-CRV Winter Championship Final (1600m); the latter ahead of the likes of The Cleaner and Gig.
Placing sixth in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) and a credible seventh in the featured Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) in his only other starts prior to the Crystal Mile, Maher is set to settle on a specific first point of call for Akavoroun this season.
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