Australian target for Pacorus

Pacorus and regular rider Viktoria Gatu scoring an easy win in the Kaponga Hotel Egmont Cup.

Pacorus and regular rider Viktoria Gatu recording an easy win in the Kaponga Hotel Egmont Cup.

Pacorus’ connections had a bitter pill to swallow when missing the Christchurch Casino NZ Cup earlier this month, but there could be a shining Australian light at the end of the tunnel.

Pacorus was set to be one of the favourites in the NZ Cup, but a blood disorder ruled out a start in the 3200-metre Group Three feature. Salt was then added to the wound when Pump Up The Volume and Perfect Start fought out the finish at Riccarton.

“He had beaten Pump Up The Volume in the Egmont Cup in his last start and in the start before that Wayne Hillis’ horse (Perfect Start) had finished third to him at Ellerslie,” said trainer Chris Wood. “But that’s all in the past and we’ve just got to look ahead.

“We might have a go at the Sydney Cup with him. People might think we’re stargazing but sometimes you can get a wet track for it and I’ve got no worries about him getting the distance (3200m).”

Pacorus was turned out on November 8 and will be out for five weeks, giving him a good freshen-up before being readied for Sydney.

“I’ll work out a programme for him once he’s back in work next month,” said Wood.

Pacorus, a five-year-old son of Tavistock, has won seven of his 22 starts and has gone from strength to strength this year. He has won five of his last six starts, including the Mitchelson Cup (2200m) at Ellerslie.