We’re excited that the first of our 2018 European imports, Sir Pippin, makes his Australian debut at Sandown tomorrow for trainer Chris Waller.
Says Albert, “Sir Pippin is one of three horses purchased from a successful buying trip in England in November. Imported stayers have quickly become a very popular option for our owners based on the lucrative careers to date of Alward who has earned over $400,000 and Raqeeq who has earned over $180,000.”
Pippin (who was knighted on his arrival in Australia and races as Sir Pippin) has been entered for a $50,000 benchmark 70 1500 metres drawing barrier 11 and Michael Walker will ride.
Says Albert, “Sir Pippin has come through his recent jump out in good order and his work since then has been good. He’s ready to commence his Australian career.”
Based on his Northern Hemisphere form, his best performances have been over 2400 metres and further which suggests that the 1500 metres tomorrow will be too short for him.
Albert agrees. “He is a horse that is going to get better with more runs under his belt and once he is stepped-up in distance. In saying that, tomorrow’s race is a good starting point to what we hope will be a long and successful career in Australia and I look forward to his debut race.”
Whilst this race may be short of his best, he is going into it fresh and his recent jump out was good, where he got home well from last.
“The straight at Sandown is over 400 metres long and this should give him every chance to balance up and be finishing the race off strongly. Chris is realistic regarding his chances and thinks he will improve a lot for tomorrow’s race.We will be happy to see him running on and doing his best work late.”