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15/8/2017 Ugo Foscolo maybe Caulfield Cup bound

Following impressive barrier trials in the past few weeks the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ugo Foscolo might chase the Melbourne spring carnival. 
“We are very happy with the way he has come back and we saw that (in his first barrier trial). I was pleased with his trial today because he relaxed a lot more in the run and went to the line strongly under a good hold,” Bott said.
“We will just weigh up his options over the next couple of weeks, but his immediate plan would be a lead-up race to the Epsom Handicap before heading down to Melbourne where we could stretch him over a bit further.”
Bott also confirmed Ugo Foscolo could be the stable’s leading contender for the Caulfield Cup, which is to be run three weeks after the Epsom Handicap. The Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) at Moonee Valley at week
later has also not been ruled out.
“I think stepping out to 2400 metres will be his ideal trip, so he could also end up being a nice Caulfield Cup type of horse for us,” he said.
“It is very early days in his campaign and we are taking him along steadily and we are in no rush with him and we are still finalising his plans.”
Ugo Foscolo has shown his dislike for wet tracks in the past and if there were rain-affected tracks in Sydney, it would force a change in any plans laid out for the gelding, according to Bott.
“Touch wood, we have had a very dry winter in Sydney, so fingers crossed that stays the case, but if it does rain we may have to look at going down to Melbourne with him sooner rather than later,” he said.
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