SYDNEY CUP AIM FOR ALOFT
05 March 2018
ALOFT (IRE) made a successful return to the track in
Saturday’s Listed Roy Higgins Quality at Flemington, continuing trainer Liam Howley’s
unbeaten run as Lloyd William’s head trainer. Howley has been at Macedon Lodge
for over two months and had his first runners last week, with Homesman and
Almandin running first and second in the Victoria Cup.
ALOFT (IRE) was uncertain to continue his fantastic start,
coming off a 17 week break, carrying top weight and stepping back up to a mile
and five furlongs. Victory in the
$120,000 contest came by a length, as Fanatic chased him home, with just over a
length back to Ormito in third.
The Group 1 Sydney Cup at Randwick on April 14th
is now the aim for ALOFT (IRE), who first gained black-type success in the
Listed Queens Vase at Ascot, having finished second in the Group 1 Racing Post
Trophy the previous season. He was then trained by Aidan O’Brien, like his
great sire Galileo (IRE) and half-sister Beauty Bright (IRE), herself a Group 3
winner and third in the Lowther Stakes. They were bred by Southern Bloodstock
out of dual Group 3 winner Dietrich, who comes from the family of Group 1
Phoenix Stakes winner Aviance (IRE), top-class filly Chimes Of Freedom and
multiple Group 1 winner Denon.