Altius Gunning For 2011 Cameron Handicap

August 22nd, 2011

An early contender has already arisen from the woodwork for the 2011 Cameron Handicap with the classy galloper Altius targeting the event.

The Chris Waller stable has indicated that the Group 3 Cameron Handicap could be the ideal event to give Altius a first taste of black type racing.

To get there though he’ll need to win or come very close to winning his Benchmark 90 race this Saturday at Rosehill Gardens.

Considering he’s won his last two he does bring in excellent form however it’s likely to be a top field with plenty of horses building their own spring campaigns.

That being said the raps on Altius are huge, he’s even being considered as a potential Epsom Handicap contender.
“Provided he continues to do well we’ll just keep stepping him up through the grades,” Stable Representative Liam Prior said.

Assuming things go to plan this weekend it will be the 1500m of the Cameron Handicap at Newcastle that he must first worry about though on September 14th.
“If he can win next start a race like the Cameron would be right up his alley,” Prior said.

“He would obviously have to equip himself well in a race like the Cameron,” Prior said.

“At the moment were just stepping him up through the grades and if he can continue to do that we could find himself in a race like the Epsom with a light weight.

“The Randwick mile is a tough mile and he has shown in the past he can get over a bit of ground. If he can perform well again next start up in grade we would be mad not to think it is a race for him.”

Altius is desperate for black type success given that he is already a desirable stud prospect.

He’s the half brother to both Elvstroem and Haradasun so there’s no telling how much extra the Cameron Handicap would be worth to his connections long term.

“As a colt he is a true gentleman,” Prior said.

“He has a great temperament and hopefully he can go onto bigger and better things and continue the success for the family.”

“Circles Of Gold [dam], the success she has had on the racetrack is unbelievable. He is obviously very well bred with good relations, if he was to go on and win a race like that [Epsom Handicap] he would make a very successful transition to stud.”

Altius was formerly trained by Tony Vasil with the owners transferring him to Waller hoping that a change of techniques might be what he needed to kick start his career.

“They are really terrific owners, Frank Tagg, Frank Meduri and Gary Moffitt,” Prior said.

“They just leave it to us and it is really good dealing with guys like them that have obviously had such tremendous success on the racetrack.”