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Khan To Race Exclusively in Australia
Dual classic winner Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor-Centafit, by Centaine) is likely to campaign exclusively in Australia this spring, reports Racing.com. According to co-trainer Andrew Forsman, New Zealand racing fans are unlikely to see the New Zealand and Australian Derby winner race at home this season as he embarks on a campaign aimed at the Melbourne Cup. "Almost certainly he'll do all his racing in Australia," Forsman told RSN radio yesterday. "He'll just target the typical weight-for-age lead-ups, I don't think Murray's [co-trainer Murray Baker] mapped out an exact plan yet, but I'm sure he'll be kicking off around September some time and just working him through the normal races." Forsman, who trains the rising 4YO in partnership with Murray Baker, confirmed the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on 3 November was Mongolian Khan's primary spring target. "He's coming up really well," Forsman said. "He's such a natural sort of athlete he's almost come up too soon, so we're just keeping him ticking over at the moment and waiting to get a trial into him, probably in early August." He added: "He's always been quite a reasonably weak three-year-old but being a colt has helped him I think and now that he's thickened up as an older horse he looks the full package now."