CIARON Maher will push ahead with plans to run veteran stayer Moudre in the $300,000 Geelong Cup on October 23 following his lacklustre seventh placing in the Bart Cummings Handicap at Flemington on Saturday.
Moudre finished six lengths behind the winner Araldo in Saturday’s 2520 metre listed race.
Maher believes the rapid jump in distance from 2000 metres in the Naturalism Stakes two weeks ago to the 2520 metres might have taken its toll on the eight-year-old.
“He just never hit the line like I would have liked but it’s no cause for concern,” Maher said yesterday. ‘‘It was only his third run from a long spell.
‘‘Hindsight is a great thing. It might have been better to find another race over 2000 metres for him than run him in the Cummings.
“Moudre raced a bit flat but he did the same sort of thing in the Herbert Power at Caulfield in 2010 before running a slashing second in the Geelong Cup.
‘‘I suppose his Geelong Cup run on the 23rd will be the fork in the road for him.”
Meanwhile, Maher said he was over the moon with the effort of Chloe In Paris to run second in the $120,000 Cap D’Antibes Stakes over 1000 metres.
“It’s just a shame she never held on to win,” the group 1-winning trainer said.
‘‘She only got beat by a long head after doing all the work in the run.
‘‘Her effort was super.
‘‘It’s only her second start in a race.
‘‘She’s fast from the barrier.
‘‘We thought something might cart her into the race but that never happened
“There is plenty of upside to her. She’s still growing.
‘‘I think we’ll give her a break now and get her ready for the autumn.
‘‘She’s shown us plenty of ability from her two starts.”
Connections of Chloe In Paris picked up $21,600 in prizemoney for her second placing.