Stepping stone to spring for Le Don De Vie
The Listed Warrnambool Cup is set to form part of a bigger spring picture for European import Le Don De Vie when he has his fifth Australian start on Thursday.
Prepared by Anthony and Sam Freedman, Le Don De Vie was purchased by Australian connections and set for a Cups campaign, but missed a start in both the Group 1 Caulfield and Melbourne Cup.
The stayer ran second to stablemate Steel Prince in the Geelong Cup before finishing fifth in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington.
Le Don De Vie has had two runs back, both over unsuitable distances, but stable spokesman Brad Taylor said the gelding was ticking over nicely for Thursday's contest over 2350 metres at Warrnambool.
"We're still getting to know him but he's a typical European that needs to be in work and improves deeper into the preparation," said Taylor.
"A look at his European form, the longer he's in work, the better he gets. We gave him a nice break to allow him to acclimatise after the spring carnival and now we'll keep him ticking over at the stable and right through to the spring carnival."
Taylor said despite being unplaced, both of Le Don De Vie's runs this campaign have had merit and the Queensland winter carnival will be his next target.