CD trip for Counties Cup winner

Chocante, pictured beating El Pistola in last Saturday's Ssangyoung Counties Cup, will be looking to add the Manawatu Cup to his winning tally.

Chocante, pictured beating El Pistola in last Saturday’s Ssangyoung Counties Cup, will be looking to add the Manawatu Cup to his winning tally.

Talented Cambridge stayer Chocante will head south next month for his next appearance.

The target for the last-start Gr. 3 Counties Cup winner is the Gr. 3 Hotel Coachman Manawatu Cup at Awapuni on December 17.

“That’s just under a month away and looks a nice progression for him,” said trainer Stephen Marsh. “It’s over 2300 metres and worth good money.

“He’s in the Auckland Cup, but we will regroup after the Manawatu Cup.

“We could look at Sydney in the autumn with him too. He’s got plenty of upside and does everything you want to see in a stayer.”