Any Day Will Do To Head To Melbourne

Trainer Guy Walter has revealed that the in-form Any Day Will Do will head to Victoria for the 2014 Melbourne Festival Of Racing rather than stay in Sydney for her autumn campaign.

Leading Sydney jockey Tommy Berry partnered Any Day Will Do to victory in the Goulburn Cup last Sunday.

Leading Sydney jockey Tommy Berry partnered Any Day Will Do to victory in the Goulburn Cup last Sunday. Photo by: Steve Hart

Any Day Will Do started her spring campaign with less than stellar performances in the Canterbury Park Handicap (1200m) and the Become An ATC Sponsor Handicap (1400m) at Warwick Farm but ended her preparation with three tough victories.

The Any Given Sunday mare claimed her maiden metropolitan victory with a win in over 1400 metres at Warwick Farm on October 30 and made it two wins in a row by taking out the Longines Hong Kong International (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Melbourne Cup Day.

Any Day Will Do faced the toughest test of her racing career in the Goulburn Cup (1600m) last Sunday and stamped herself as a Group contender by scoring an extremely narrow victory over Taxmifyoucan and Cathay Lady in the $100,000 event.

The Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1600m) in Sydney was set to be the major autumn target for Any Day Will Do but Walter told AAP that he believes the change in scheduling of the race and increased prizemoney on offer will draw too strong a field; with the veteran trainer making alternative plans with the talented four-year-old.

“Any Day Will Do is having a short let-up and she will probably go to Melbourne for a couple of mares’ races,” Walter said.

“Originally we thought the Group Two Emancipation Stakes would be the right race for her but it’s now on Slipper day in between the Coolmore and the Queen Of The Turf and it might be a bit tough.

“There are a lot of good mares around but I think we might be able to find a couple of stakes races for her early.”

Walter is yet to decide exactly what races Any Day Will Do will contest in the autumn but events like the Group 3 Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 8, the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 22 and the Group 3 Matron Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on March 8 could be on the agenda for the mare that was purchased for just $8000 at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Walter’s team for the 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival will be headline by Group 1 winning mares Streama and Appearance.

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