The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Vin De Dance (Roc de Cambes) and Zacada will continue along the Sydney Cup path despite disappointing performances at Rosehill last weekend.
The pair finished second-last and last in the Gr. 3 N E Manion Cup, more than a dozen lengths from the winner Midterm.
Vin De Dance’s jockey Blake Shinn said the 2018 New Zealand Derby winner “didn’t have the best run from a bad draw”, while Opie Bosson was unable to provide an excuse for last year’s Sydney Cup runner-up Zacada.
Forsman told www.theinformant.co.nz yesterday that the pair will be given another chance in the Gr. 2 Chairman’s Quality at Randwick on April 6.
“We thought both horses would perform much better last Saturday than they did, so it was disappointing,” he said.
“But the track was quite deep and testing, so all we can do is forgive them. They’ve come through it well, so at this stage we’ll press on to the Chairman’s and, all going well, the Sydney Cup a week later.”