BALLARAT stayer Tuscan Fire appears unlikely to press on towards a Melbourne Cup run following his midfield finish in Saturday’s Caulfield Cup.
Trainer Dan O’Sullivan said he was yet to decide on the seven-year-old’s immediate future, but said runs in the listed Bendigo Cup (2200m) on October 30, the group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington on November 2 and listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) on November 24 were among those still on the radar.
Tuscan Fire placed 12th, beaten just over six lengths in Saturday’s 2400m feature, behind winner Fawkner after being afforded a good run just off the early pace.
The horse jumped well from barrier two for jockey Michael Walker and led the field past the post the first time. He settled in the first half dozen runners but got shuffled back on rounding the home turn and battled to the line.
“We weren’t quite there. We still beat home a few group 1 winners and he certainly wasn’t disgraced by any means,” O’Sullivan said of the run.