2015 Mornington Cup Likely to Figure for Mujadale

November 26th, 2014

Charging home to win the featured Ballarat Cup (2200m) over the weekend, trainer Paul Jones has revealed the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) in March figures as the long-term goal for classy stayer Mujadale.

Mujadale is likely to target the 2015 Mornington Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Mujadale is likely to target the 2015 Mornington Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Jumping from the gates well, veteran jockey Kevin Forrester settled Mujadale at the fore of the Ballarat Cup field, setting a quick tempo and incredibly maintaining to position to find the line nearly four lengths in the clear of closest rival At First Sight.

Understandably thrilled with the Mujahid gelding’s return to the winner’s circle, Jones told Racing Victoria he will set Mujadale on a winnable course towards the 2014 Mornington Cup, but will make a final decision on a berth closer to the date.

“He’s jumping out of his skin and he’s pulled up probably as well as he’s ever pulled up,” Jones said.

“He ran in the race last year when it was the Werribee Cup, they’ve changed the name of it for some unknown reason.

“He has been a bit of a tricky horse, but we have just taken him along slowly and he has improved all the time.

“He is probably a bit more mature physically now as well as mentally and he just handles race day better.

“He can hopefully keep ticking over and win a couple more this time in.

“We’ve sort of pencilled in and we’re possibly thinking long-term about the Mornington Cup.
“We’ll just see how he goes after Werribee whether we go to the Bagot or we go to Mornington or maybe even both.

“We’ll just have to take each run as they come and see how the horse goes.”

Securing ten wins and a further eight minor places from his 38 competitive starts so far, Mujadale secured several commendable results over the 2014 Autumn Carnival, highlighted by close third place finishes amongst classy competition in each of the Elmore Cup (1600m) and William Buck Plate (2000m).

Running third in a minor over 1100m first-up this time, Mujadale steadily built to the task over two starts before returning to the winner’s circle in the Ararat Cup (2000m) less-than two weeks prior to the Ballarat Cup.

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