Corowa-based trainer Richard Freyer is planning an ambitious spring campaign for his Nothin’ Leica Dane gelding Leica Larrikin with two Group 1 features on the cards.
Freyer is preparing Leica Larrikin for both $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 2 and the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 6, the last meeting of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Five-year-old Leica Larrikin has enjoyed five wins from their 15 career starts to date earning in excess of $237,000 in prizemoney.
Most recently the gelding ran a gallant second to Elusive Touch first-up in the Group 3 Auries Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on August 7, one of the premier lead-up races for horses heading towards a Cups campaign.
Freyer, however, has abandoned plans to target Leica Larrikin in either the 2010 Caulfield Cup or the 150th Melbourne Cup opting for the big mile races instead for the bred stayer.
“At this stage I don’t really think he’s looking for a staying trip,” said Freyer.
Leica Larrikin is a full brother to Leica Falcon, Freyer’s previous stable star who won the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes before running fourth in both the 2005 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
Following his promising 2005 campaign Leica Falcon’s remaining career was marred by setbacks and the unlucky galloper never fully reached his potential, leaving Freyer with bitter Melbourne Cup memories.
Freyer is happy to keep Leica Larrikin on a light spring campaign this year and step him up to two miles next season including a tilt at the 2011 Melbourne Cup.
Leica Larrikin will have his next start on September 4 in the $200,000 Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, vying for his fourth win at the famous Victorian track.