The Ballarat Cup, Kilmore Cup and a stint in quarantine are the options for in-form gelding Power Scheme in the coming days.
Power Scheme went close to completing a hat trick of wins when bloused by his stablemate So Si Bon in last Saturday’s Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m).
That effort prompted trainers Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig to enter Power Scheme for Saturday’s $500,000 Ballarat Cup.
However, Power Scheme fared terribly at the barrier draw, coming up with the outside gate on Wednesday.
Hayes and Dabernig are looking at a back-up plan with the son of Fiorente.
“He’s drawn the car park at Ballarat and I might put him in the Kilmore Cup on Sunday, which accepts tomorrow, and do a comparison on both fields,” Dabernig said.
Dabernig said the wide gate would force Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Jye McNeil to ride Power Scheme back in the field and hope there is enough pace on to make ground in the straight.
“At the 2000(m), it might force your hand to just tuck him away and ride him quietly but he’s been racing really well,” Dabernig said.
While the Ballarat and Kilmore Cups are an option for Power Scheme, Dabernig said the Lindsay Park team was waiting for a decision on an overseas move for the four-year-old.
Power Scheme has won two of his last three starts for trainers Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig. Photo: Brett Holburt/Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Owners Sun Stud were deciding whether to send Power Scheme to Singapore for next year’s Singapore Derby at Group 1 level.
That would mean Power Scheme would be in quarantine on Sunday night. But Dabernig said the biosecurity rules would not stop him from running in the Kilmore Cup.
“He could even run Sunday because I believe he has to be in quarantine on Sunday night to start the period on Monday, according to the rules,” Dabernig said.
“The Singapore Derby, from memory, is worth about a million dollars and it’s for four-year-olds over 1800m so he would be a good candidate for it.
“A part of Sun’s business model is to run horses in Singapore so they’ll work that out for the weekend I would think.”
Power Scheme is a brother to the Australian Group 2 winner Hawkshot, who won on debut in Hong Kong in January.
Originally published asHayes and Dabernig scheming with Power
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