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Kensington preview: Sargent’s fillies begin Oaks campaigns

Kensington preview: Sargent’s fillies begin Oaks campaigns


Coach John Sargent is giving classic-bound fillies So Dazzling and Mountain Visitor low-key begins to their autumn campaigns at Randwick’s Kensington assembly on Wednesday.

So Dazzling, the daughter of Coolmore’s champion sire So You Assume, resumes within the TAB Handicap (1400m) and Mountain Visitor is first-up within the Hyland Race Colors Handicap (1400m).

Sargent is setting each fillies for the Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick on Day Two of The Championships, April 8.

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So Dazzling was being aimed on the VRC Oaks final spring however pulled up with coronary heart arrhythmia after failing within the Wakeful Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day.

“She is a promising staying filly,” Sargent mentioned of So Dazzling.

“I’ve acquired her on the Oaks path and though I feel the Kensington race shall be too quick for her, I simply wish to see her hitting the road.

“I’m planning to run her within the conventional Oaks lead-up races just like the Kembla Grange Basic after which the Vinery Stud Stakes.”

Mountain Guineas was runner-up in her solely two begins final spring however her promising debut marketing campaign was reduce quick with a minor damage.

“She pulled a muscle behind so I needed to flip her out,” Sargent mentioned.

“However she has come again nearly as good as gold and is working very well. She has a little bit of a difficult draw however the blinkers will go on for her first-up run.

“I hope she will be able to comply with the identical path as So Dazzling by way of to the Oaks.”

Sargent, who ready a profitable double at Newcastle on Monday with Informal Connection and Ningaloo Star, can be saddling up first-starter Waverley within the Kia Ora Captivant 2YO Plate (1100m) and stayer Bastida within the Ranvet Handicap (1550m).

Waverley received a Randwick barrier trial earlier this month and has drawn the within barrier for his debut.

“I scratched him from Hawkesbury (Tuesday) as a result of I feel he can run a really aggressive race right here,” Sargent mentioned.

“He’s a kind of typical colts that tries very arduous. The rails gate is essential, we’ll utilizing that for certain and he shall be up on the velocity or simply trailing the chief.”

Bastida received’t be main in his race. In truth the gelding may want to begin now as he goes to the Kensington off successive wins final spring – over 3400m at Canberra after which within the Jericho Cup over 4652m at Warrnambool.

“I used to have a number of jumpers again in New Zealand who had been like him, keep all day,” Sargent mentioned.

“Clearly, the Kensington race shall be too quick for him however he’s match and effectively, we wish to get him going and have a look at among the staying races later within the season.”

Bastida may be a part of stablemates Gin Martini and Outlandos within the Andrew Ramsden Stakes (2800m) at Flemington in Could, a race which qualifies the winner for the Melbourne Cup.

Sargent additionally offered an replace for his thrilling three-year-old colt Good Thought, a superb winner of the Carbine Cub Stakes at Flemington final spring at his most up-to-date run, who has had his autumn marketing campaign delayed attributable to a virus.

“Good Thought has simply completed his course of antibiotics,” Sargent mentioned.

“We wished to run him within the Hobartville Stakes this Saturday after which the Australian Guineas however we have now needed to change our plans.

“I received’t rush him, he’s too good a horse. We are going to get one other blood taken after which if all is effectively we’ll look to kick off later within the carnival after which possibly go to Brisbane.”


Coach Gary Portelli obtained a welcome telephone name from champion jockey James McDonald’s supervisor chasing the trip on first-starter Excessive Spirit within the Kia Ora Captivant Plate (1100m) at Kensington on Wednesday.

“When JMac’s supervisor (Mark Visitor) rang for the trip, you can say I didn’t suppose twice,” Portelli mentioned.

“I’m unsure the way it took place however I might say he watched the barrier trial when Excessive Spirit ran very effectively.”

Excessive Spirit ran solely fifth of 9 in his solely barrier trial over 821m at Warwick Farm however his effort was inconceivable to overlook with the colt making up loads of floor late regardless of being stored beneath a decent rein.

Portelli mentioned Excessive Spirit jumped shortly within the trial and will simply have raced on velocity however the colt was eased again to the second half of the sphere then ran on impressively within the straight.

“Excessive Spirit is a pleasant type of colt and he has proven lots on the monitor, he has a lot of potential,” Portelli mentioned.

“He could be ridden anyplace within the discipline however I received’t be giving JMac any directions aside from to steer him and hopefully the horse is sweet sufficient.

“It’s getting near the countdown for the Golden Slipper now and we hope he places his ‘hand’ up, as everybody else does with their two-year-old.”

Portelli mentioned his sensible filly Fireburn, winner of the Golden Slipper final 12 months, had pulled up effectively after her first-up sixth, overwhelmed lower than two lengths behind In Secret within the Mild Fingers Stakes.

“I used to be glad together with her run and she is going to go to the Encompass Stakes subsequent week,” Portelli mentioned.

“We’re hopeful of loads of rain for her.”

Portelli’s different star three-year-old Sejardan has been entered for the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday however the coach favours maintaining his colt contemporary for the $750,000 Inglis Dash (1200m) at Flemington on March 4.

Initially revealed as Kensington preview: Promising duo So Dazzling and Mountain Visitor are being aimed on the fillies classics this autumn



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