Caulfield Guineas target for Dal Cielo

 Dal Cielo (Opie Bosson) racing away with the Gr. 1 Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie. Chasing him home were fellow Cambridge two-year-olds Battle Time and Rocanto. (Photo: Wally O'Hearn).

Dal Cielo (Opie Bosson) racing away with the Gr. 1 Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie. (Photo: Wally O’Hearn).

Cambridge’s Group One-winning two-year-old Dal Cielo is back in work with the Gr. 1 Caulfield Guineas his target for the spring.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Per Incanto colt is a leading contender for champion two-year-old honours for the season after his four starts for two wins and two placings.

Dal Cielo was successful at Ellerslie on Boxing Day before finishing third in the Karaka Million, the country’s richest race, at the same track when he was no closer than three-wide at any stage of the race.

He went on to win the Gr. 1 Diamond Stakes, after which he was sent to Sydney to tackle the Gr. 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes but was injured on a treadmill and returned to New Zealand.

“He has recovered well and at this stage will target the Caulfield Guineas in the spring,” co-owner Bruce Perry revealed in his newsletter today.

“He arrived back in the Baker – Forsman stable yesterday in great order after a well-deserved break at Blandford Lodge.”

Perry races Dal Cielo as part of the Homebush Partnership No 5 Syndicate, which shares ownership with one of Perry’s major clients, Lib Petagna.

Perry also revealed the Petagna-co-owned Wellington Cup winner Maygrove had returned to the Baker-Forsman stable after spelling at Blandford Lodge and the Authorized four-year-old gelding would be aimed at feature staying races in Melbourne this spring.

Maygrove could potentially clash with another Petagna-owned stayer, Lucia Valentina.

According to Perry, Lucia Valentina, the Gr. 1 Turnbull Stakes winner, would return to training next season with Kris Lees, who has yet to formulate a spring programme for the Savabeel four-year-old mare.

– NZ Racing Desk