Guineas Still In The Mix For Gem Song

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Trainer hasn't given up on his aspirations for despite a hiccup in the three-year-old's preparation for the Group One race.

Gem Song was scheduled to run against The Autumn Sun in the last Saturday but was scratched because of a skin infection.

He has recovered from the setback and will line up in the Group Three (1300m) at on Saturday, but the program switch means he will face a seven-day back up if he pushes on to the Randwick Guineas.

Lees says Gem Song hasn't missed any work but admits the disruption has been frustrating.

“It has been from a Guineas perspective, now he's got to back up and the program for him has changed, but fitness-wise he's good,” Lees said.

Gem Song takes on the older horses in the Liverpool City Cup including , who has strung together a trio of wins, and European import Advance Yulong, a dual Group Two winner in Germany making his local debut for .

“He's taking on older horses. It's not ideal but he'll go well,” Lees said.

Gem Song is second pick in early betting behind , who was luckless first-up in the when he was chopped out of a run in the straight and finished strongly to get within two lengths of the winner Ekstein.

The Autumn Sun remains odds-on favourite for the Randwick Guineas on Saturday week with Gem Song a $15 chance.

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