Higgins aim for Mark Twain

Mark Twain is set for a hit-and-run mission to Flemington this Saturday to attempt to secure his Melbourne Cup spot for next spring.

The Auckland Cup placegetter is one of two horses – the other being Daqiansweet Junior – part-owned by OTI Racing to target Saturday’s $500,000 Roy Higgins Quality (2500m), where the winner becomes the first horse to be free of the ballot for next spring’s Melbourne Cup.

“He hasn’t yet got a high rating – he’s only had 11 runs – so if he gets a run he can fly over next Wednesday and go jump back on the plane the following Tuesday,” OTI’s Terry Henderson said.

“It’s a good race but he could be our best horse for the Melbourne Cup. He’s a horse with an enormous turn of foot.”

Daqiansweet Junior, who is second-up into his autumn campaign after a second consecutive sixth placing in the Melbourne Cup, will also run in the Roy Higgins as connections eye another 3200-metre target.

“He’ll use that as his Sydney Cup led-up,” Henderson said. “Amade is going straight to the Sydney Cup.

“Chris (Waller) will decide whether he races Selino – he raced a bit better the other day – there or go to the Tancred and Athabascan will go to the Tancred.”

The above is an excerpt of Andrew Eddy’s Racing.com article and can be read in full here.