yep, aiming at adelaide.http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24967267-5016491,00.htmlGoodwood next for Volonte
EXCITING Western Australian sprinter Dante's Volonte is set to tackle the $300,000 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville in May.
Trainer Simon Barrass said the classy speedster was a big chance to make his highly anticipated eastern state debut in Adelaide.
"It looks highly likely that he'll be in Adelaide for the Goodwood," Barrass said yesterday from his Serpentine base, south of Perth.
Dante's Volonte will have a short let-up after extending his unbeaten winning sequence to six this campaign at Ascot on Saturday.
"He'll have a few weeks off now," Barrass said.
"The horse has pulled up magnificently but I think he may have had enough mentally."
Barrass said Dante's Volonte was likely to resume in the Group 3 Evright.com (formerly the McKay) Stakes at Morphettville before his main target a fortnight later.
"I'll look at flying him to Melbourne and then float him to across to Adelaide," he said.
"He'll more than likely have a lead-up run in the McKay Stakes over the 1100m."
Barrass said the interstate campaign could very well determine the five-year-old's future, with Adelaide to be his first campaign away from home.
"He's trained in a bush environment basically out of a paddock here at home, so we'll have to try and make sure we can find something similar there for him."
If their South Australian experiment proves successful, Barrass has indicted he may return later in the year for one of the many sprint races in Melbourne during the Spring Carnival program.
"He jumps and he runs and such a good, high-cruising speed. We're still unsure just what he is capable of."
"He had a severe allergy last campaign and was still running some game races. He has come in brilliant fashion this time in work."
"If he can handle a trip away, we'd then look to take him back to Melbourne."
"There are that many races for sprinters during the carnival and a horse like him, who races on the pace, would be pretty hard to run down around a track like Moonee Valley."