Adelaide Cup winner Good Idea will have his final hit-out in Melbourne before heading to Sydney in Saturday’s $160,000 Easter Cup at Caulfield.
It’s a feature loaded with talent including the 2020 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare, dual Australian Cup winner Harlem and the promising Persan.
Good Idea score an upset Adelaide Cup win at Morphettville in March and Stokes said dropping back to 2000m wasn’t ideal but would provide a solid grounding for his trip north.
“He’s in great order, I couldn’t be happier with him,” Stokes said on RAN’s Racing Pulse.
“We’re using this to get a run under his belt before going to Sydney.”
Given the shorter trip, Stokes said if Good Idea could figure in the first half a dozen he would be happy knowing how much the horse improves getting out to the 3200m.
“I was really happy with the way he worked here on Tuesday,” Stokes said.
“He can be in the top five I imagine.”
Stokes also had one of the most interesting runners in Melbourne on Saturday, lining up in the same race.
Former American seven-year-old Amade has won eight of 13 starts, with his last start coming at Belmont in June 2019, winning the Belmont Gold Cup over 3219.
“He might even be a prep away the horse,” Stokes said.
“(However) he’s doing everything OK.”
And he said stablemate Octane was primed for a big campaign when he resumes heading towards some feature races in Adelaide in the next six weeks.
“I want to kick him off there and he’ll go through the lead-up races towards the Goodwood,” Stokes said.
“I think he’s getting better with age. He’s an exciting horse.”