Fifty Stars (Image: Bradley Photos)
The immediate focus may be on Fifty Stars attempting to make it a hat-trick of Blamey Stakes wins on Saturday, but connections have some big decisions to make in the coming days.
Fifty Stars was announced on Tuesday as the first provisional emergency for The All-Star Mile and if he was to win on Saturday he would gain a wildcard entry into the race at The Valley on March 13, but co-trainer Ben Hayes said there was no commitment the horse would take his place a fortnight later.
"We would have to talk to connections but that would mean running him three weeks straight and dropping back to 1600 metres," said Hayes, who trains in partnership with Tom Dabernig.
"He has shown nice improvement since his first-up run and the plan will be to back him up in the Australian Cup.
"He is a stallion so that makes it an interesting scenario as well."
The son of Sea The Stars will back-up at Flemington next weekend in an attempt to win consecutive Australian Cups.
"He has come through the run in Sydney well," Hayes explained.
"If you look at his record, he has needed his first-up run in the past.
"We had to take a different path this year into the Blamey obviously, having to scratch him from the C.F. Orr.
"But the run wasn't as bad as it might have looked in Sydney, he was strong through the line and the last to pull up."