Warning (Image: Racing Photos)
AAMI Victoria Derby winner Warning is over his injury issues and will press claims for a Queensland trip and a shot at a $1.2 million race via Sunday's The Les Carlyon over 1700 metres at Flemington.
Co-trainer Sam Freedman said on Wednesday the four-year-old had managed to overcome injuries sustained in an unplaced TAB Australian Cup run and although he was unable to be readied for The Championships in Sydney, Brisbane offers a range of strong options.
Those include the new $1.2m weight-for-age race The Q22 (2200m) at Eagle Farm on June 12.
"He pulled up not great after the Australian Cup, so we just backed right off him and gave him time to get right," Freedman explained.
"They might be a bit sharp for him over 1700 metres on Sunday but his rating is down to 100 now so he's actually in OK at the weights so at his best, he should be competitive. If so, Queensland is a real option for him."
Freedman said import Le Don De Vie is searching for a wetter surface at Warrnambool for the Warrnambool Cup next month after a seemingly moderate on-pace effort when well supported in the Easter Cup at Caulfield.
"He feels the firm tracks and he should get his conditions there," he said of Warrnambool. "He was very good first-up and second-up he was a bit flat on that firm track."
Freedman said Le Don De Vie could also earn a Brisbane trip at Warrnambool, suggesting he too could be a Q22 contender on his best form.
Mare Realm Of Flowers was luckless when fifth in last Saturday's Sydney Cup and after returning to Victoria this week, she has another big aim in sight with next month's $400,000 Andrew Ramsden Stakes (2800m) on her agenda.
"She's just come back down to Pinecliff this morning," Freedman said. "We are going to the Ramsden with her. If she got a soft track on that day, she could certainly be figuring in the finish.
"She's up to that grade and she's taken that next step so while she's up and racing really well, we will have a crack at that golden ticket into the (Lexus Melbourne) Cup."