IMPORTED galloper Lord Belvedere retained his unbeaten Flemington record for Ciaron Maher, winning a $135,000 open handicap over stablemate Persan on Saturday.
Lord Belvedere has won four from four starts at the famous course and will now be set for the Bart Cummings at Flemington on October 3.
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Maher, who trains in partnership with David Eustace, said the stable may have three to four runners in the Cummings.
"It was a very good win by Lord Belvedere," Maher told The Standard. "He's very fit and now it's onwards and upwards to the Cummings.
"He's only got 50.5kgs in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and he needs to win the Cummings to qualify for the Melbourne Cup.
"Persan will be another one of our runners in the Cummings. We may have another runner or two in the race."
Meanwhile, Maher was upbeat with the first-up effort of Amish Boy to run second behind Doubtland in the group two Danehill Stakes.
"It was an outstanding run by Amish Boy," he said. "We rated Amish Boy as one of our best colts as a two-year-old but he's just taken time to mature.
"He's a big horse. He's been in and out of work on a few occasions. I think the penny is just starting to drop with him.
"We'll seriously consider taking him up for the $1 million Golden Rose at Rosehill for his next start or we could go to the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
"Both races are over 1400 metres and run on September 26. We'll finalise plans for his next run probably later this week."
From his six starts Amish Boy has won one race and been in the minor placegetters stall on three occasions.
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