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Unorthodox Classic Lead-Up for 3YO
James Cummings is considering bypassing the traditional lead-up to the Australian Derby and taking on the older horses with classy staying three-year-old Prized Icon (More Than Ready-Tropical Affair, by Danehill), reports racenet. The Gooree Stud homebred is likely to miss the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) against his own age group in preference to the Gr1 Ranvet Stakes over the same distance, in what will be his final start before the $2 million Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick on 1 April. Last season's Victoria Derby winner showed he is on track to claim the derby double after his eye catching second to Hey Doc in the Australian Guineas (1600m) last start. "I'm going to put a late entry in for the Ranvet Stakes on Saturday. I look at the Rosehill Guineas nominations and there's plenty of depth there," Cummings said. "I know the older horses are far from being slouches but the chances are we'll get a wet track on Saturday so I can run him against the older horses and give him a bit of weight relief (54.5kg)." Cummings said Prized Icon had thrived since his last run. "The horse is brilliant," he said. "I haven't needed to do much with him since he got home." He added: "I've just kept him ticking over…He's tightened up sufficiently and I'm really happy with him."