Runaway on right path to secure start in Melbourne Cup

Racing Victoria’s Greg Carpenter confirmed a win by Runaway in the 3200m race could secure him a coveted spot in the Melbourne Cup.

“A win in the Andrew Ramsden as a three-year-old colt to put alongside his win in the VRC St Leger and last-start third in the Group 1 South Australian Derby would put him in with a good chance of securing a start in the Melbourne Cup,” Carpenter said. “He’s qualified for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, so he’s on the path to get in those races.”

Waterhouse said she wasn’t planning on backing up Runaway after his third placing in last week’s South Australian Derby but she was persuaded by the colt and his demeanour.

“I was there when he got off the float on Tuesday when he returned to my Flemington stables and he was full of himself,” Waterhouse said. “We had to put him in the treadmill to take the edge off him.

“I’m not doing this for the sake of it. I know the Melbourne Cup is there if he runs well but he’s in this because he’s fit and ready to go.”

Waterhouse said she was thrilled with Runaway’s third in the South Australian Derby.

“He was dropping back in distance, which was a huge disadvantage. He was cruising but, when the sprint went on, he was a bit dour but he kept kicking. Going up in trip will suit him.”

Waterhouse said she was surprised by the transformation in Runaway in the last six weeks.

“I rang his owner Anthony Mithen and said we should look at gelding him or spelling him.”

Mithen told her that Runaway boasted a staying pedigree and said to run him over 2218m at Geelong, which he subsequently won.

Runaway runs in Mithen and his brother-in-law Nigel Austin’s Rosemount Stud’s colours of the red and white gatecrasher colours, which will be carried by four starters at Flemington and three in Adelaide. They include the favourite in the final race at Flemington, the exciting prospect Iconoclasm, who is by their stallion Toorak Toff.

“We’re hoping Iconoclasm can win and, if he does, we’ll have a look at the Queensland Guineas but otherwise he’ll come back and be set for the Rupert Clarke Stakes and the Toorak Handicap,” Mithen said.

Mithen said Toorak Toff was having an amazing run with 13 winners in the past month.

Mithen is heading to Adelaide to watch Miss Lillian run in the SA Classic and also Split Lip in the Proud Miss Stakes.

News: Michael Manley, Herald Sun. Picture: Getty Images