Local races and Inter Dominion the main aim

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    SOHO TRIBECA - Photo HRV

    NEITHER of Western Australia’s stars will tackle next week’s Victoria Cup.

    Despite finishing second and third in last night’s Stratton Cup at Gloucester Park, Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull will bypass the Grand Circuit opener.

    With the Perth Inter Dominion the priority, their respective trainers will focus on local events leading into the time-honoured Championship.

    Opening heats of the Inter Dominion are due to be run at Gloucester Park on November 24.

    Having originally placed the interstate campaign on Chicago Bull’s agenda, champion horseman Gary Hall has erased the Group One from the five-year-old’s schedule.

    Although the gelding finished third in quick time from his second row draw, Hall is less than impressed with the performance.

    “I wasn’t totally happy with his run,” Hall said. “I think it showed he is still on the way up to his peak.

    “Going over for the Victoria Cup is too much to risk with him when he isn’t at his top and with the Inter Dominion six weeks away right in our own backyard.

    “He’ll just keep racing at here going into the Inter.”

    Pleased with Soho Tribeca’s effort when beaten a head in 1:54.5 over 2130 metres after racing three-wide without cover from the bell, trainer Kim Prentice stated the Cup was never part of his plans.

    “The Victoria Cup was never something I was considering,” Prentice said. “With the Inter Dominion starting next month, all the focus will be on having him right for that.

    “He will go around in the Mount Eden sprint in a fortnight, then I will work in another run, or even two, before the Inter.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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