Mackinnon possible for State Of Rest
Cox Plate winner State Of Rest may end up in the Mackinnon Stakes on 6th November at Flemington, according to travelling foreman Mark Power.
It has been confirmed that he will remain in Melbourne until after Melbourne Cup week so he can travel back to Ireland with his stablemate Twilight Payment.
He has the option of going to a Mackinnon.Mark Power
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The three-year-old is 999/1 to win the Mackinnon Stakes and connections are clearly keen to see him head to that contest.
"He has the option of going to a Mackinnon," Power told Racing.com. "He pulled up really well there now and we'll just monitor him over the next few days and get him doing slow bits (of work) and see how he comes out of this."
Late decision works out
After winning the Saratoga Derby (Gr 1, 9.5f) in August, the four-year-old was a late paid up entry to the Cox Plate.
The decision clearly paid off, with him defeating James Cummings' Anamoe to grab the first Group 1 success of his career.
"At Saratoga he was dipping his toes in the water to see if he could measure up and he did," Power said.
"We thought that the Cox Plate was the next step for him. This race has been on Joseph (O'Brien's) agenda for some time and he was thrilled, over the moon. The race itself went brilliant.
"Johnny (Allen) gave him a super ride. Then afterwards obviously in the stewards' room; it was a fairly unique process for me anyway so lucky we came out the right side of it."