Racing: Darley to split Epaulette and Albrecht campaigns

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Darley's high-profile 3-year-olds Epaulette and Albrecht will be kept apart during the autumn to chase group one Guineas success in two states.

Albrecht, who was denied by stablemate Epaulette in a one-two Darley finish to the Golden Rose in September, is being readied for an early 2013 campaign in Melbourne, while Epaulette will be kept for the Sydney carnival.

"Albrecht is in work and he'll go to Melbourne in probably another six or seven weeks and I'll aim him at the races towards the Australian Guineas third-up," trainer Peter Snowden said.

The Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington is on March 2.

Albrecht, a son of Redoute's Choice out of a full-sister to Lonhro, has won two of his five starts including the group three Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) with seconds in the Golden Rose and group two Stan Fox Stakes.

Epaulette continued on to Melbourne after the Golden Rose and won the Caulfield Guineas Prelude before running third to All Too Hard and Pierro in the Caulfield Guineas.

"Epaulette will stay in Sydney and race in the races leading up to the Randwick Guineas," Snowden said.

Fellow 3-year-old Academus returns home from Perth on Wednesday having won the WA Guineas (1600m) last Saturday.

He'll have a decent spell while veteran sprinter Pinwheel also returns from Perth but will have only a short break.

Pinwheel ran on for fourth in last Saturday's Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

"Pinwheel will just have a couple of weeks off and I'll kick him back off in the group two weight-for-age Australia Stakes in late January at this stage," Snowden said.

"Two weeks after that is the C F Orr Stakes over 1400m."

- AAP

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