Fiorente Targets 2013 Hollindale Stakes – Race Preview

April 23rd, 2013

The Group 2 Hollindale Stakes will take place at the Gold Coast racecourse next Saturday May 4, 2013, and Melbourne Cup runner-up Fiorente is set to feature in the race.

Fiorente will be having his first race start since his Melbourne Cupappearance last November when he lines up for the 2013 Hollindale Stakes.

Gai Waterhouse

Gai Waterhouse will target the 2013 Hollindale Stakes with Fiorente. Picture by Taron Clarke.

He is also nominated for the seven furlong Group 1 All Aged Stakes this weekend, however, is expected to travel north for the 1,800 metre Hollindale Stakes in sunny  Queensland.

Part-owner Luke Henderson, who is based at the Gold Coast himself, revealed where Fiorente would have his one and only run prior to the spring.

“Fiorente can win the Hollindale – there is no way he could win the All Aged because the distance is just too short for him,” Henderson said.

“He will be spelled straight away after just the one run and we will then look at the best program going towards the Melbourne Cup.”

Henderson is hoping that Fiorente will go one spot better when he contests the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup in November.

“We celebrated after last year’s Cup because he ran so well at such big odds,” he said.

“It was a great run first-up in Australia, especially as Gai (Waterhouse) had basically been trying to train him remotely.

“Now that Gai has had an extra 12 months to understand him, we are really looking forward to what he can produce this spring.”

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