KAYPERS will bypass today’s Ranvet Open (1300m) at Scone in preference for a dash at metropolitan success tomorrow.
The Greg Bennett-trained gelding drew five in today’s Ranvet Open and was rated a 5-2 favourite in overnight markets but will instead start in tomorrow’s $85,000 Warwick Farm Handicap (1400m) in Sydney, the Scone trainer confirmed.
“I’ll take him to Warwick Farm,” Bennett said yesterday.
“He drew three down there. It’s a little tougher assignment but it’s a nice race for him.
“ It was a toss up. Scone is a nice race too and if he’d drawn badly at Warwick Farm we’d have stayed at Scone.”
Jenny Duggan will ride Kaypers at Warwick Farm and will claim three kilograms.
Bennett was hoping to have stable apprentice Courtney van der Werf aboard at Warwick Farm given her brilliant run of form however he was outvoted by his owners.
“Jenny will ride him,” he said.
“Only because of numbers though.
“She claims 3kg and has ridden 12 city winners.
“Rachel (Murray) has a three kilo claim and ridden three city winners and Courtney has a 3kg claim but only had the two city rides.
“They wanted Jenny.
“Tactically I think Courtney is the better rider of the three but just hasn’t had the experience.”
How she can obtain the the experience if owners won’t give her a go is a dilemma facing Bennett and his talented young apprentice.
“Both races are very winnable,”Bennett said.
“His (Kaypers) two runs back have been super.
“He’ll probably head to the paddock after this though and get ready for the Scone Cup.”
Bennett has already spelled talented Pro Consul after his second to Sutton Power at Tamworth last Sunday.
“That was a good run,” he said.
“If he’d have got the run Sutton Power got from Greg Ryan he’d probably have won it.
“We got hampered twice and shuffled back a bit but he was taking ground off Sutton Power.
“Greg reckoned we would have got him with another hop.
“He will go out for a fortnight to three weeks and come back for the Guineas (at the Scone Cup Carnival).
Kaypers’ scratching is a blow for both the Scone Race Club and van der Werf but that was softened yesterday when the connections of second favourite, Clever Hans, elected to start at Scone rather than go to Doomben on Monday.
Leon Davies trains Clever Hans and has changed his original plan to run at Doomben after checking the weather report.
With plenty of hurricane activity in north Queensland at the moment, Brisbane is expected to get a bucketload of rain before Monday and the owners didn’t want to take the risk of missing a run if Doomben is washed out.
Clever Hans is now to be aimed at the Quirindi Cup.
“Luke Griffith’s pair, I Love Legs and Lotseventy will both be hard to beat,” Davies said.