Promising Three-Year-Old Capital Gain to Try Winning Rupert at Doomben
Capital Gain is set to resume after Paul Butterworth held him out of the Melbourne spring carnival to give the promising three-year-old a good freshen ahead of fielding him Saturday at Doomben.
Butterworth has designs on a $500,000 bonus that could go to Capital Gain if the horse is able to win three of five designated races of the Queensland Summer Crown Series.
The Winning Rupert Plate (1200 m) is the first race in the series. If Capital Gain can win there, he will try for the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200 m) two weeks after. If he is successful there, he can claim the bonus by winning the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate on December 30 at Eagle Farm.
If Capital Gain cannot cross at the front in the Winning Rupert Plate, Butterworth plans to skip the Gold Edition and rest his horse until the Vo Rogue Plate.
Down the line, the big target for Capital Gain is the 2018 Australian Derby (2400 m) at Randwick at the beginning of April 2018. A win there would put Capital Gain among elite company, such as Kingston Town, Tulloch and Phar Lap, to name just a few of the notable past winners.
Jon Snow won the Derby last year.
For Capital Gain, it would be an impressive feat to go from running 1200 to 2400 m, but it would not be without precedent.
Butterworth might need a rider, should Jim Byrne not be sufficiently recovered from an ankle injury he sustained at the Eagle Farm jumpouts earlier in the week, but Butterworth says there is no lack of hoops angling for the ride, although he does intend to give Byrne every possible chance to recover in time for the race.
After the Queensland summer carnival, Capital Gain will spell for a bit before heading off to Sydney for his autumn schedule.