Ruakaka mission for Dal Cielo

Dal Cielo (Opie Bosson) drawing clear of Battle Time in the Gr. 1 Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes. (Photo: Wally O'Hearn)

Dal Cielo (Opie Bosson) drawing clear of Battle Time in the Gr. 1 Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes. (Photo: Wally O’Hearn)

A change of plans his Dal Cielo set to resume racing on the local front rather than in Melbourne.

Dal Cielo had been earmarked to join stablemates Mongolian Khan, Maygrove and Zacada on the flight to Melbourne last weekend, but his performance in a trial at Taupo last Wednesday caused a change of plans.

Ridden as usual by Opie Bosson, Dal Cielo finished unplaced in his heat after over-racing in the early stages.

“We’ve just taken a step back with him and he can run at Ruakaka and can still go over after that, depending on what he does,” said co-trainer Andrew Forsman. “He didn’t need to go over early.”

The Ruakaka mission for Dal Cielo is the Listed $50,000 Tavistock Northland Breeders Stakes on September 12, the same day Mongolian Khan is scheduled to resume racing, in the Hr. 1 A$400,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (wfa 1600m) at Flemington.

Forsman says the reports back home on Mongolian Khan and his Melbourne-based stablemates are pleasing.

“They all travelled well and have settled in well,” said Forsman. “Maygrove had a gallop this morning and could run on Saturday. The other two did pacework. We’re happy with all of them.”

Wellington Cup winner Maygrove has been nominated for the Listed A$120,000 Slickpix Stakes (1700m) at Caulfield.