Amade, Daqiansweet Junior edging closer to autumn return

Daqiansweet Junior ridden by Daniel Moor in the mounting yard prior to the running of the 2023 Melbourne Cup at Flemington . (Photo by Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Phillip Stokes has disclosed that Amade and Daqiansweet Junior, who performed admirably during the spring season, are on the verge of commencing their autumn campaigns in the upcoming weeks.

The former is set to take on Moonee Valley’s Listed Night Cup (2500m) on Friday night as a stepping stone towards the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville next month.

Regarding Daqiansweet Junior, Stokes outlined a three-start campaign beginning with the Australian Cup Prelude (1800m) on March 9, followed by the Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) on March 30, and culminating in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on April 13, which serves as his primary target.

“He’ll (Daquiansweet Junior) have a three-run prep, and that will do him,” stated Stokes. “He can then go for a break after the Sydney Cup, and we’ll get him ready for another shot at the Melbourne Cup.”

Stokes expressed contentment with the residual fitness both horses have retained from the spring, affirming his satisfaction with their current condition and foreseeing promising campaigns ahead.

“Both horses have a lot of residual fitness carrying over from the spring. I’m happy with the way they’ve come up, and I think they are in for good campaigns,” Stokes concluded.

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