Rekindled Interest has been a big drifter in 2012 Cox Plate betting markets but trainer Jim Conlan believes he can get back on track in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) that will be run at Flemington Racecourse this Saturday.
The five-year-old was priced at $7 when Cox Plate betting markets opened earlier this year but his price at bookmaker.com.au has drifted to be $14 after average performances so far this campaign.
The son of Redoute’s Choice finished a disappointing 10th in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) and third in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m), a race that he won last year on his way to an unlucky third-place finish in the 2011 Cox Plate.
Rekindled Interest will wear blinkers in the Turnbull Stakes; a move that Conlan saved until the Cox Plate last year.
“I think we’re just a little bit behind where we were last year and I think he just needs to be brought on a bit,” Conlan said.
“He’s holding his condition a bit more than what he did last year, probably just being a year older and a bit more mature.
“Plus, we missed out on a run with the Liston (Lawrence) being run on a heavy track and then in the Memsie we only got a very soft run because he got checked over the last 150 metres, so he didn’t get a hard run.”
However, Conlan is not panicking and was happy with the work Rekindled Interest produced at Flemington (wearing blinkers) yesterday.
“It seemed good (work),” Conlan said.
“Damien (Oliver) was very happy with his action and the way he went about his work, so it was all quite pleasing and he’s recovered very well from the work.”
The Turnbull Stakes is packed full of Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup chances and is shaping up to be the race of the Spring Carnival thus far.
Rekindled Interest is current priced at $12 in the Turnbull Stakes betting market at bookmaker.com.au behind Green Moon ($4.80), December Draw ($6), Southern Speed ($7), Voila Ici ($8), Linton ($8) and Happy Trails ($10).
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