GROUP-nominated horse Boots ‘N’ All will be given every opportunity to prove it’s worthy of a crack at a stakes prize during next month’s New Zealand Cup carnival.
He has a nomination for the Group Three Coupland’s Bakeries Mile at Riccarton and the five-year-old’s next couple of starts will determine if the horse takes its place in the November 15 event.
Trainer Lance Robinson said the horse will be given every opportunity to make the grade, but it is now up to Boots ‘N’ All to prove it is worthy of the berth.
“His lead-up form is going to tell us if he’s good enough,” Robinson said.
“Otherwise, there are other options at the meeting for him.”
Boots ‘N’ All will further his preparation in the Equine Veterinary Services Sprint at Phar Lap Raceway on Friday.
“He’s not a 1200m horse and I did plan to run him in the mile, but it has been so wet that I haven’t been able to get the work into him,” Robinson said.
“He’ll have this run and then the Coupland’s Mile Trial over 1400m on October 28, that will be the deciding race to see which way we go at the Cup meeting.”
Boots ‘N’ All has been out once on its current campaign at Riccarton where the horse finished a satisfactory fifth.
Robinson said the result was inconsequential given it was used to get the horse fit.
“It was a Heavy 11, which he didn’t like and he was very chubby,” the trainer said.
“It was a conditioning race and I was happy with him. He had a good spell over the winter and he is coming along well.”
Robinson is also keen on the chances on Friday of Cantilena in the Maurice Smith Handicap following her fourth placing when resuming at Riccarton last month.
“She went terrific first-up and she’s done well since,” he said.
“It’s a strong field, but I’d expect her to be right in it.”