WODONGA trainer Craig Widdison will tentatively target back to back Albury Gold Cups with Willi Willi.
The five-year-old gelding has been off the scene since finishing unplaced at Randwick in October.
“He could possibly target the Albury Cup again, he’s back in work but whether he is ready in time is the query,” Widdison said.
“He won’t be far off but we will probably need everything in his preparation to go right to be ready in time.
“He is still probably six weeks off having a jump out or a trial.
“I’m more concerned with getting him back to his best, rather than rushing his preparation just to be ready for the Albury Cup.
“If he doesn’t make it, the Wagga Cup is always another option.”
Willi Willi headed straight to the spelling paddock after the Gold Cup.
He resumed at Caulfield in September where he finished unplaced.
Willi Willi also finished unplaced in his two subsequent runs at Flemington and Randwick before returning to the spelling paddock in mid-October.
“It’s fair to say he didn’t come back as well as we would have liked last preparation,” Widdison said.
“He sort of had a gut buster first-up and then again second-up.
“We were still happy with him enough at home.
“But those first two runs took a toll and instead of pushing on with his preparation, we decided to err on the side of caution and spell him.”
Stablemate Ruby Skye could also target the Albury Cup if her form warrants a start.
“Ruby Skye hasn’t had much luck this preparation,” he said.
“All of her runs have had merit but without damaging the scoreboard.
“But I think she is a progressive horse who could be competitive in an Albury Cup.”
Both Willi Willi and Ruby Skye are owned by John and Helen McPhee.
Widdison said the locally owned Cash Crisis would once again target the $50,000 City Hcp, (1175m) on the first day of the Albury carnival.
The five-year-old gelding finished unplaced at Canterbury on Friday night with Adam Hyeronimus aboard.
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