Grey Lion to Take Place in 2017 Easter Cup Field

April 11th, 2017

Trainer Matt Cumani has confirmed that stable star Grey Lion will return to the races in Saturday’s 2017 Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield Racecourse.

Grey Lion is set to return to the races in Saturday's Group 3 Easter Cup at Caulfield. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Grey Lion is set to return to the races in Saturday’s Group 3 Easter Cup at Caulfield. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Grey Lion debuted to Australian racing during the recent Spring Carnival, but has not been seen at the races since he arguably did not get the trip and finished fourteenth in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 1st.

Confident that he will handle the 2000m of the 2017 Easter Cup first-up Cumani told AAP that he is thrilled with the condition of the horse and is hopeful that his ability stacks up with what is likely-to-be a smart field.

“He’s such a lovely horse,” Cumani said.

“He’s a star to train and has lovely character. It’s great to have him up and running again.

“He’s in great shape. He’s fit and happy and well and I couldn’t be happier with the horse going into the race.

“Obviously we’ll have to see how he compares to his competition and also see how the weather is.”

“With the hill track here you can get horses fit for these trips first-up.

“But I’m not saying he won’t improve for the run as well. Horses can always be a bit ring-rusty and need a race to bring them to 100 per cent.

“This is a nice first-up target and obviously we’d love to win it.”

Cumani is confident that Grey Lion can handle soft conditions in Australia, but conceded that he would prefer to see the horse run on a steady surface in the Easter Cup.

“But I’d still prefer him to see him on good ground,” he said.

Grey Lion made an impressive debut to Australian racing when second behind Qewy in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m), in what was his only other start under Cumani’s care prior to the Melbourne Cup.

The 2017 Easter Cup field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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