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Horse racing can be a fickle business.
Expectations are high for Lindsay Park as Cape Of Good Hope comes out of quarantine to win Group 1 Caulfield Joint Stock Company (2000m) in October 2019, just two weeks after he arrived in Australia.
They also expect a performance ahead in C that yearox Plate in the Valleywon by the Japanese mare Lys Gracieux, and the potential for the Cape Of Good Hope eventually came in at number one in Australia.
Just over 18 months since he last raced, Cape Of Good Hope is set to embark on his latest campaign as he runs in The Lexus Mugatoo (2000m) in Flemington on Saturday.
Since that Caulfield Stakes win, Cape Of Good Hope has raced seven times without results and his most recent match was a final finish in Group 3 Coongy Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield in October 2018. 2020, his last run for Lindsay Park.
After living with Danny O’Brien for a while, Cape Of Good Hope is now in the care of Tony and Calvin McEvoy.
McEvoy’s wasn’t expecting much on Saturday.
Calvin McEvoy said: “We got a phone callout in blue.
“Some of the original owners bought out other owners and gave him six months off and thought they wanted to give him another chance.
“We were excited to try it, and the general consensus was whether the horse was ready and wanted to race and what it presented to us was really good.
“He’s been out for a very long time, and he’s definitely going to improve what he does but he’s had a few challenges, his gallop has been good and will be great.” Nice to see him again at the races.”
McEvoy said Cape Of Good Hope required surgery for an epidermoid tumor, and after the surgery McEvoy said the whole preparations have gone smoothly since then.
“We won’t be able to evaluate him this weekend,” McEvoy said.
“He’s going to be a bit hot but we think the Bendigo Mile, could be a good runner-up for him, but we’ll make more decisions after this weekend.”
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