Hale to sum up next steps

A tilt at the Group II Wellington Cup for Sum Up will be made after the Cambridge galloper reverts to 1600 metres at Pukekohe on

Sum Up will be dropping 800 metres when he contests the Mondiale Freight Open 1600, having contested the Group II Waiwera Water City Of Auckland Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day. He finished 10th in that event, but in his previous start he was second to Dawn Ghost in the Group II Waikato Times Gold Cup (2400m) at Te Rapa.

“He had a week off after New Year’s Day and he’s freshened up nicely,” said trainer and part-owner Shelley Hale. “He’s nominated for the Wellington Cup (on Saturday week), but I won’t make my mind up about that until after Saturday’s race. If he runs a blinder and comes through it really well he might go there.”

Sum Up also holds a nomination for the Group I Harcourt’s Thorndon Mile on Saturday week and Hale says that is another option. “But he’ll more than likely run in the Wellington Cup if he does go down,” said Hale.

The other option facing Hale is to bypass Trentham and concentrate on getting Sum Up ready for the Group I Stella Artois Auckland Cup (3200m) in March. “He’s been up for a while and will probably have to have a break,” said Hale. “If he doesn’t go to Trentham he could have a bit more time off then come back up for the Auckland Cup.”

Sum Up will be ridden on Saturday by Cory Parish, who was aboard the son of Shinko King in his maiden win at Te Aroha.

Hale will also run Sum Up’s brother Two Up at Pukekohe. Two Up won last start at Te Rapa and will be ridden this weekend by Matthew Cropp.

“He was a bit scratchy after he won at Te Rapa, but he’s come right,” said Hale. “He could go down to Trentham next weekend for the
Duoro Cup.”

Hale will start the weekend off following the performance of Straight Up, who is a half-brother to Two Up and Sum Up.