The 2010 Hollywood Gold Cup winner Unusual Suspect could be switched to Luca Cumani for a British campaign this summer after a disastrous campaign in Dubai.
Unusual Suspect (8h Unusual Heat – Penpont by Crested Wave) has been unplaced in all three starts at Meydan this year including a 20 length loss to Mikhail Glinka in the G2 Dubai City Of Gold (2400m) on March 10.
At his last run in Australia, Unusual Suspect came from the rear to finish in the front half of the 2011 Melbourne Cup field. “He’s 15kg too light, he’s on his own, hasn’t eaten well and is sore after working on the Tapeta track,” trainer Mick Kent said. “The whole thing has been a disaster.”
Royal Ascot is now said to be the target for Unusual Suspect. “Luca might take him and he can go straight England without any quarantine,” Kent continued. “He can have a couple of runs there before coming back to Victoria. He’s getting old and hard to place but probably has another spring in him.”
Unusual Suspect was trained by Barry Abrams in California and he posted stakes wins at Hollywood, Santa Anita Park, Del Mar, Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows before the Hollywood Turf Cup.
Abrams owned him in partnership with his wife Dyan and brother David before his arrival in Australia last year. His NZ bred dam Penpont traces back to G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Black Willow (Sobig).