Two-pronged stable attack on final day of carnival

Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman will have one last ditch at adding to their haul from the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

The Cambridge trainers picked up the plum of the revamped carnival when superstar Dundeel powered past Carlton House to win the Gr. 1 A$4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick last Saturday.

And as Dundeel was transported out to the Hunter Valley in New South Wales yesterday to get ready for his new career as part of the stallion line-up at Arrowfield Stud, Baker turned his attention on his other two Sydney campaigners, Atlante and Show The World.

While Dundeel had managed to pick up Group One placings before his main mission, both Atlante and Show The World haven’t been able to show their best form because of the rain in Sydney.

“They both haven’t been suited to the wet tracks over there,” said Baker before his midweek return to Sydney to oversee their final preparations for this weekend.

Atlante, winner of the Gr. 1 Sothys NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton last November, will take on the older horses in the Gr. 1 A$400,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m), while Show The World will contest the Gr. 3 A$150,000 Johnnie Walker Frank Packer Plate (2000m).

Atlante has had three starts in Sydney and his best result was a first-up second behind Dissident in the Gr. 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on a slow track at Rosehill.

Both Baker and rider Glyn Schofield believe that tough fresh-up run could have taken the edge off him in his next start, the Gr. 1 Randwick Guineas, in which he finished sixth, again to Dissident.

Atlante’s most recent run was in the Gr. 2 Tulloch Stakes when stepped up to 2000 metres. On a heavy track he failed to fire and finished 12th.

“I pulled the wrong rein by starting him at Rosehill last time,” said Baker. “The talk was the track was going to dry out but it didn’t. He’d have been better off staying in his box.”

Baker has freshened Atlante and is hoping the three-year-old gets the chance to prove himself on a good track. Schofield has stuck with the ship and believes Atlante won’t be out of his depth against the likes of Rebel Dane, Weary, Snitzerland and company.

Show The World is remaining against his own age group in the Frank Packer Plate and will be ridden by the jockey of the carnival James McDonald.

“I won the race last year with Unsanity and a better track will help Show The World,” said Baker. “He’s a chance.”

Show The World finished among the tailenders in his first two Sydney starts, but showed a glimpse of promise when seventh in the Tulloch Stakes (2000m), just under four lengths from the winner, Gallatin.