Avilius To Miss Metropolitan Handicap

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Progressive imported stayer will not run in the at with Godolphin to instead aim him at via .

Avilius, who has won all three of his Australian starts including Saturday's Group Three (2000m), was the 2.80 favourite for (2400m) on September 29.

The winner of the Group Three Bart Cummings (2500m) on October 6 gains an exemption to the Melbourne Cup.

“We feel that giving Avilius a look at with the hope of gaining a start in the Melbourne Cup is the right way to go with the horse,” trainer said.

“We discussed this as a team and are confident this is the best lead-up to the Cup and we are all extremely excited to be going down this path.”

Although Avilius is yet to race beyond 2000m in Australia, he has a second to Cracksman over 2400m in a Group Two race in France.

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