Golden Slipper winner Farnan won’t race again this season and the long-term aim will be to set the super colt for the $15 million The Everest in the spring.
Farnan is part-owned by Aquis Farm, which also holds an Everest slot, and its brilliant colt seems a natural fit for the world’s richest race on turf.
Trainer Adrian Bott said Farnan had gone for a spell, while Aquis managing director Shane McGrath confirmed The Everest was a long-term ambition.
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Jockey Hugh Bowman steered Farnan to victory in the Golden Slipper. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
“We have an Everest slot and Farnan is a big part of our thinking,’’ McGrath said. “The template is there for a three-year-old, with Yes Yes Yes winning last year, to target The Everest.
“The fact we have an Everest slot gives us that option and of our rising three-year-olds, Farnan would be the obvious one at the minute.
“Farnan did a sensational job as a two-year-old to win the Silver Slipper, Todman Stakes and the Golden Slipper. Only Pierro (2012) and Luskin Star (1977) have done that, so he is in lofty company.’’
Bott, who trains in partnership with Gai Waterhouse, said Farnan had come through the Golden Slipper well but the decision was made to resist the temptation to try to complete the juvenile triple crown by keeping the colt in training for the ATC Sires Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes at Royal Randwick next month.
“Farnan pulled up great but we are sticking with our original plan that we had before the Golden Slipper and that is to spell the colt, ’’ Bott said.
“If Aquis wants to run Farnan in The Everest, he is the type of colt that is physically strong enough to take on the older sprinters as a three-year-old.
“Yes Yes Yes came out of the Todman Stakes and Golden Slipper to win The Everest last year, so there is no reason Farnan could not follow that path.
“There are the obvious three-year-old races in the spring like the Golden Rose and Coolmore Stud Stakes but if Aquis feel the prestige of The Everest outweighs the traditional path, then we will set him for that race.’’
Farnan could be a perfect fit for Aquis’s slot in The Everest. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
TAB Fixed Odds prices assessors have elevated Farnan to the third line of betting at $15 for The Everest, run at Royal Randwick on October 17. Alligator Blood and Bivouac are the early favourites at $8.
Farnan raced clear to beat Away Game and Mamaragan by nearly two lengths in the Golden Slipper last Saturday but the minor placegetters are likely to race again during The Championships at Royal Randwick.
Annabel Neasham, who is in charge of the Sydney stables of trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, said Away Game had “pulled up very well’’ after the Golden Slipper and would be aimed at the Group 2 $1 million Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) on April 11.
Mamaragan was having only his second race start when third in the Golden Slipper and trainer John Thompson believes his promising colt will be suited at 1400m for the Group 1 $1 million ATC Sires Produce Stakes on April 4.
Sky Racing news update 25.03.2020
Sky Racing news update 25.03.2020.
PARR FEELING INVINCIBLE ON HAWKES’ COLT
Team Hawkes have been fans of I Am Swerving since he first trialled for them and it didn’t take long for jockey Josh Parr to understand what they were talking about.
Parr had his first sit on the I Am Invincible colt in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill a fortnight ago when running third behind Prague.
On Saturday he’ll run in the Group 3 Schweppervescence (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday where further improvement is expected.
“He certainly gave me a really good feel,” Parr said. “In his first start in a race he had to go back to last from a bad drawn and last time I sat along the fence in a fairly slowly run race so his effort to finish as close as he did was quite strong.
“He probably wasn’t completely comfortable on that ground (Soft 6) either. It’s very easy to see how the team can be confident with the horse because he’s attractive to look at and the way he moved underneath you is quite pleasing.”
Josh Parr has been impressed by I Am Swerving. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
The two-year-old has drawn barrier six in what will be a capacity 13-horse field and should get the ideal run in transit. Parr said if he gets even luck he can be in the finish because he’s a juvenile who is genuine as he learns what racing is all about.
“He’s obviously a lightly raced hose who is still learning the craft but he is a really nice moving horse with a great temperament to go with it,” Parr said. “He’s not doing much wrong. He’s just lacking experience but he two runs will have him ready for the seven furlongs. He ticks a lot of boxes for a horse that will stand up to Stakes level and hopefully it’s this weekend.”
Parr also rides the Kris Lees-trained Invincible Gem for the first time in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m).
“We’ve all seen plenty of her so there’s not too many secrets there. We’ll work out later in the week how she needs to be ridden,” he said.
DOYLE DARES TO DREAM BIG DURING AUTUMN
Newcastle trainer Nathan Doyle has been daring to dream with Pride Of Adelaide since the start of the year, thinking he might have the ability to win a big race during the Sydney autumn carnival.
Those dreams come true on Saturday when the three-year-old lines up in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill.
He’s come a long way for a horse that couldn’t win a maiden at Port Macquarie on January 24, but has since won two races including a tough last start effort at Hawkesbury over 1600m on a heavy track. Despite running second first-up, Doyle knew his horse was destined for a number of wins this preparation.
“I’ve only been training on my own for 18 months so it’s good to have a runner in a Group 2 race,” he said.
“He’s come through his run great. He had a gallop on Tuesday morning and I couldn’t ask much more of him. He’s continued on an uphill spiral and deserves his chance in that sort of race.
Quick Thinker (centre) is $3 favourite ahead of Pride Of Adelaide.Source:AAP
“They made him work for it early but once he got there he relaxed well and I though his best work was on the line so I don’t think the 2000m will worry him and some sting out of the track wouldn’t hurt.”
Leading rider Tim Clark has been booked to ride Pride Of Adelaide and the partnership looks to be a good match.
He’s a natural front runner and Clark is one of the best judges of speed and should rate him well.
Hugh Bowman after winning the Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap on Quick Thinker.Source:Getty Images
“Tim won’t be tied down to many instructions,” Doyle said.
“Eventually, he’ll be better with a bunny to chase but he’s been pretty dominant when he’s led his past two starts so we’ll see how the race pans out.
“You don’t need to give a jockey like Tim too many instructions.”
STRAIN: RACING PROGRESSING BUT PLANNING FOR INEVITABLE
FAR TOO GOOD: HUGH LAPS UP GOLDEN MOMENT
Despite only brining country and provincial form to Saturday’s Group 2 race for three-year-old’s punters he opened up as a $6 chance on Wednesday behind $3 favourite Quick Thinker.
There’s support for him due to the dominance of those past two wins, by more than 10 lengths combined.
“I didn’t think he’d be that price but this is definitely his race. He held a nomination for the Rosehill Guineas but this was the race for him and it’s panned out well, looking at the nominations,” Doyle said.
“He’s taking a big step up in grade from a Class 1. This is the exact same race as the Rosehill Guineas so I was expecting it (quality) to thin out bit and it’s probably thinned out a bit more than I thought to be honest.”
Originally published asSlipper champ a perfect fit The Everest
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