2015 Doncaster Mile May Figure for Tales Of Grimm

February 5th, 2015

Yet to appear on course competitively in Australia, trainer Sam Kavanagh has been thrilled with the continually building form of Tales Of Grimm ahead of an autumn campaign that may be geared towards the 2015 Doncaster Mile.

Trainer Sam Kavanagh has revealed the 2015 Doncaster Mile may figure as Tales Of Grimm's major target this season. Photo: Daniel Costello

Trainer Sam Kavanagh has revealed the 2015 Doncaster Mile may figure as Tales Of Grimm’s major target this season. Photo: Daniel Costello

Claiming two wins and two minor places over his 16 start career so far, Tales Of Grimm placed a credible fourth in a strong Rosehill barrier trial upon arriving in Australia on November 25th; running second in a 900m hit-out on January 20th before another impressive displayed over 800m at Warwick Farm on January 27th.

Including the Distorted Humour gelding in nominations for several major events like the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) and Doncaster Mile, Kavanagh told Racing Ahead he will likely confirm Tales A Grimm for a maiden appearance in Saturday’s Protest Pay Up Handicap in Melbourne before settling on a 2015 Autumn Carnival path.

“We don’t have to leave until tomorrow night if he goes to Melbourne and we will just go through the form and have a chat with the owners,” Kavanagh said.

“A few of the owners are in Melbourne and a few are in Sydney, so they aren’t too concerned where he goes, but it will just be a matter of working out the race and how it is going to pan out and where we are going forward.

“The horse is in great order, his work on Tuesday was outstanding and I am really looking forward to kicking him off wherever he does.

“If he runs in Sydney he will be in a six furlong race and that may be too short, but sometimes you are better off kicking off these horses over a distance that is too short and they don’t have that far to run their first time even if they do get beaten.

“If he runs in seven in Melbourne he would be pretty hard to beat I thought, but it just depends on where we draw.

“We don’t want to go to Melbourne, do all the travel and draw wide or something like that.”

Beginning his career under the guidance of leading British trainer Sir Michael Stoute, Tales Of Grimm found competitive form in his final few performances in 2014; running fifth in the Listed Doncaster Mile Stakes (1609m) and fourth in the Listed Hambleton Handicap (1609m) before an impressive sixth amongst particularly classy company in the Royal Hunt Cup (1609m) at Royal Ascot in June.

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