Too Close The Sun

Too Close The Sun wins the Warrnambool Cup (Image: Racing Photos)

Ramsden afterthought for 'Bool Cup winner

Too Close The Sun is going for his fourth straight victory and the chance to earn a golden ticket into the Lexus Melbourne Cup when he lines up in Saturday’s $320,000 Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (2800m) at Flemington.

But trainer Lindsey Smith says it’s going to be a tough task for the four year-old who ‘has already won his grand final last week in the Warrnambool Cup’.

“Many of the horses he’s taking on Saturday have been set for this race, whereas his main aim this prep was the Warrnambool Cup so this is really just a throw at the stumps with him,” Smith said.

“He’s going to need every bit of the ten days between runs to recover too and be able to be ready.

“It will be good though to see his ability against these horses and see how he handles the 2800 metres.

“I’ve always said he will be a better horse in six months and it would be amazing if he could win and book his spot in the Melbourne Cup, but it really is just a throw at the stumps.

"If he’d finished second in the Warrnambool Cup he’d be in the paddock but you have to give him his chance after that victory. Win, lose or draw on Saturday he’ll go to the paddock.”

The four year-old gelding has had seven wins and two placings from his 13 starts.

Smith said that if he doesn’t win on Saturday he will be spelled and return for the spring to races such as the Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m).

“It’s going to be great to get a bit more of an understanding of what level he is this weekend but we’ll aim for races like the Moonee Valley Gold Cup and I definitely think he’s got a few more wins in him.”

Too Close The Sun ($4.60) is on the second line of betting for the Andrew Ramsden behind King Of Leogrance ($2.45)