While initially earmarking the four-year-old as a possible contender in major staying events through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer David Payne has confirmed exciting French import Paederos will instead target major events over a mile; including a likely tilt at the Group 1 George Main Stakes at Royal Randwick in September.
A notable performer in five races in his native France during his maiden racing preparation in 2013, Paederos has already contested an secured an impressive record since arriving in the care of Payne; claiming three wins and two minor places from just seven competitive starts.
Having first outlined major events including the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) as targets for the Exceed And Excel gelding, Payne told AAP both the work and results completed by Paederos highlight 1600 metres as his ideal racing distance.
“I’ve worked him out and although he raced over 2400 and 2600 metres overseas, he is not a Cups horse, he is a 1600 metre horse,” Payne said.
While yet to determine a path for Paederos during spring, his proven ability to perform with each step-up in class underlines both the Group 1 George Main Stakes and Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) as very realistic targets for Payne this time in.
“It takes these Europeans a while to acclimatise and he has also been gelded. I’m not sure where we go with him and at the moment he is going through his grades and doing well,” the trainer added.
Claiming a total of three wins and four minor places over his 12 career starts, Paederos strolled home to win the Big Sports Breakfast Handicap (1800m) by more than three lengths in his first appearance in Australia in December last year.
Continuing to build in form and class on his way to victory in the Pro-Ride 3.y.o+ (1400m) last time out, Paederos has more than stamped his claims as one to watch over Group 1 events through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
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