The Waller stable on Tuesday advised of a change of distance for the next target of Antonio Giuseppe (NZ) with the $3m, Group 1 The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 1st his next race instead of the $2m, Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (2400m) the following week.
The four-year-old Shocking gelding has risen quickly into top-class racing with his spring culminating in a second place in the Group 1 The Metropolitan over 2400m at Randwick.
The stable presented Antonio Giuseppe for his next campaign at Rosehill on February 18th and he won an Open Handicap over 1500m. Next up he was second, 3 1/2L behind Tavago (NZ), in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes over 2000m. Last Saturday he was a 5L fourth in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes over 2000m on the Heavy 10 Rosehill track.
“Whilst it will be at some stage my intention go back to 2400 and beyond, I do not feel that he has had the right preparation to do so this autumn,” said Waller.
“I therefore feel at this stage of his career, he is better suited kept at the shorter distances. We will also endeavour to put blinkers on him in the Doncaster providing he works well in them,” he added.
Antonio Giuseppe currently has 51kg in the Doncaster Mile and he is at $15.00 with TAB.com.au’s Doncaster Mile market with Le Romaine the $6.00 favourite. He has won three times over 1500m/1550m, but not at Group level.