Razldazl Luke will step into the cauldron of Group 1 racing in Australia on Thursday when he contests the first round of the Melbourne Cup.
It will be his first appearance in Group 1 company and is a mighty step for a dog still acclimatising to the Aussie way of racing. As in all the Aussie majors, only the winners will qualify from the heats for the final the following week.
Said Dolores Ruth yesterday, “It’s a huge ask for the dog but we have our fingers crossed that he will run well. He is drawn in trap four but this big test is probably coming a wee bit early for him. I would prefer if he had drawn seven or eight but, of course, there is no seeding in Australia”.
Dolores has two other dogs based in Australia and reports that Razldazl Apollo is back in training after his setback but needs to be fitter before he races. Razldazl Bonnie is now settling in nicely in quarantine but is in great form.
“Bonnie’s quarantine came at just the right time as she came in season and she will be just coming out of it when she leaves quarantine”.