Go Racing has quality European stayer Alward contesting the 2400 metres A$750,000 Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Randwick on Saturday.
It’s the biggest race of his short but very successful Australian career since being imported less than two years ago.
Says Albert, “We bought him for Chris Waller from the Horses in Training Sale in Newmarket, England. He was landed for just NZ$130,000 and hit the ground running. He has won NZ$400,000 to date. And now gets his opportunity in in a Group One. This is what it’s all about!”
He has drawn barrier 1 and Kathy O’Hara, who previously rode him to third place in the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury in August, will ride at just 50.5 kilos.
Says Albert, “We think 2000 to 2400 metres is his best distance. He has placed at black type level at 2400 metres twice before. His rock star barrier draw means he won’t be covering an inch more ground than he needs to and he has had a significant drop in weight since his last start in the Kingston Town Stakes at 55 kilos. There’s a lot in his favour to have a decent crack at this race.”
Trainer Chris Waller agree he’s going well this campaign and, although only third up, is grounded in plenty of fitness work.
Says Albert, “We look forward to Alward working his magic in the Metropolitan on Saturday.”
A crop of promising Go Racing three-year-olds kick off their tilts at their respective Group 1 Guineas races in November.
Today Stephen Marsh-trained Prince Albert (Savabeel x Lady Alberton) runs in the maiden 3YO 1400 metres at Matamata from a handy barrier 3.
Says Stephen “He’s a colt we have a lot of time for but he just hasn’t quite put it all together yet. We wouldn’t be surprised if race day conditions makes it click for him, aided by blinkers and a tongue tie to help him focus. Jockey Jake Bayliss will ride and although track conditions are not ideal, this will get his campaign under way.”
Reliable Man filly Sentimental Miss is kicking off her 1000 Guineas campaign tomorrow at Waipukurau.
Says trainer Lisa Latta “She’s a good chance of making the Guineas. She ran second on debut and then fourth in the listed Castletown Stakes in June this year. We think a lot of her.”
“She finished a close second in her jump out at Levin on the 12th of September maintaining a strong gallop to the line with rider Timothy Johnson sitting very quietly in the saddle. She recovered quickly indicating her fitness levels are good and she is on target to resume in a maiden 3YO 1200 metres.”
Another Stephen Marsh trained 3YO, Rip Em Up (Rip Van Winkle x Bak da Princess), is another filly full of promise and debuts on Saturday.
She’s had two trials for two top two placings. “Her most recent trial at Cambridge on the 13th of September was super impressive. She sat comfortably third on the rail then pulled out wide, came from a trailing position impressively, just cantered up to them to win.”
She will debut at Avondale in either the maiden 1200 m or the 3YO 1200 metres where Danielle Johnson will ride. “The 3YO race is open and therefore a stronger field but we would still prefer her up against her own age group.”
The Group 1 2000 Guineas worth $500,000 is held during Cup Week at Riccarton on the 10th of November with the Group 1 1000 Guineas worth $300,000 run the following Saturday.