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Theanswer found in NSW Cups?

He has performed at Group One level, but Theanswermyfriend and trainer Henry Dwyer will be lowering their vision beyond Saturday's Group 3 Victoria Handicap, and likely road-tripping through New South Wales.

The High Chaparral gelding resumed in his autumn campaign with a close second to Sovereign Nation in the Listed March Stakes (1400m), and will be over seven furlongs second-up at Caulfield this weekend.

But beyond that, Dwyer said the silks synonymous with co-owner Rod Lyons could be on a trail of the A$200,000 Cups at Hawkesbury (April 28) and Scone (May 11).

"The owners have given me the brief - they don't mind travelling," Dwyer said.

"They're keen to get him to NSW and Queensland.

"There's races like the Scone Cup and Hawkesbury Cup, both nice mile races, he's gone well that way [clockwise] previously.

"I wouldn't have thought that'd be an issue to him - and both of those tracks aren't averse to horses that race on the pace.

"So if he can find himself in those Group Three/Listed races, they're his class at this point in time.

"He may be a better-class horse if he can get over further, but for the time being, we'll look at those races."

Dwyer said on evidence of his first-up run at Flemington, Theanswermyfriend - a brilliant winner over 1400m at HQ in mid-March last year - is yearning for more ground.

"I think he's probably going to be looking for further longer-term. He's relaxing better than he has previously," the Caulfield trainer added.

"He was beaten the other day, but it wasn't a bad run. They went pretty slow, and it probably wasn't run to suit him. In saying that, I don't know how further forward or how much quicker he could have gone, he was pretty content there in his comfort zone not going hard.

"Good sign for a horse looking for further, but it wasn't the right result the other day.

"Having a look at the calendar, probably the better races for him are going to be over a mile over the next three months, so while he may end up getting 2000m longer term, we can keep him to 1400m this Saturday.

"We've got the option of the Golden Mile at Bendigo Saturday-week, but given he'll be at 1600m for his third, fourth runs we don't have to get there straight away."

Bred in partnership by Goldendale,and Chelsaus, Theanswermyfriend was sold through Curraghmore's 2015 New Zealand Bloodstock draft for $70,000.

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