ALL TOO HARD 3yo Outrageous commences a spring campaign with Group 1 goals when he confronts a class field of colts in the Rosebud LR on Saturday.
Outrageous will be powering home first-up over 1100m at Rosehill. “He’s definitely a horse who has a bright future, that’s for sure,” Team Hawkes co-trainer Michael Hawkes said. “He has strengthened up and is ticking over. His trial was good. After the Rosebud, he will head to the (G2) Run To The Rose before we go to Melbourne for the (G1) Caulfield Guineas.”
Always held in high regard by Team Hawkes, he outclassed a Newcastle maiden in February before an unsuccessful trip south for a Group 2 at Flemington. Back on home turf, he flew home for a tip-top third, beaten a length, in the Sydney Sires’ Produce Stakes Gr.1.
“He probably should have won the Sires – he got held up all the way down the straight through no fault of Brenton (Avdulla),” Hawkes added. “He should have gone to the paddock but we tried to win Group 1 mile and it was probably pilot error that day.”
All Too Hard 4yo Domination will rebound at Morphettville this Saturday after putting the writing on the wall over 1000m last weekend. Despite going down as an even-money favourite, trainer Tony McEvoy has Domination back in harness off a seven-day break and he deserves another chance over a longer trip in the Adelaide Image Printing Hcp (1250m).
Jamie Kah, who steered Domination to a brilliant win at Balaklava last month, is back on board tomorrow.
MORE THAN READY is also in search of his next Group 1 with Made You Look in the Fourstardave Hcp at Saratoga this Saturday.
Initially prepared by More Than Ready’s trainer Todd Pletcher, he won the 2016 With Anticipation Stakes Gr.2 at Saratoga before transferring to Chad Brown where he joined the Vinery legend’s Group 1 winners Rushing Fall (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies) and Funtastic (United Nations Stakes).
Made You Look, who has opened at 4-1 in Fourstardave markets, is looking to improve off a second-place finish in the Poker Hcp Gr.2 at Belmont in June. “He’s doing well,” Brown said after watching an 800m breeze in 48.71s last weekend. “It’s a tough race but the horse is training super. I thought he ran a great race the last time out and it’s worth a shot.”
More Than Ready’s 2yo filly Lyrical Lady can open her black-type account in the Adirondack Stakes Gr.2 on Saturday’s undercard at the Spa. She claimed the first juvenile contest of the summer meet and is the 6-5 morning-line favourite against five other debut winners
She was purchased for $625,000 by Kerri Radcliffe, acting as agent for Phoenix Thoroughbreds, at the 2018 Ocala March 2YO Sale. Radcliffe is a huge fan of More Than Ready and she paid $500,000 for one of his colts at this week’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale.
More Than Ready’s Australian Group 1 winner Prized Icon returns to action in the $100,000 Spring Preview Open Hcp (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday. An elite winner at two (ATC Champagne Stakes) and three (Victoria Derby), he was Group 1 placed behind Winx and Gailo Chop as an autumn 4yo at the Sydney Championships in March.
“I would be disappointed if he’s not somewhere near them at the finish,” trainer Kris Lees declared. “Last prep he kicked off in a similar race with 60kg and was beaten less than a length by Lanciato.
I think it’s fair to say this Saturday’s field isn’t as strong and he carries 59kg after the claim for Sam Weatherley. He’s come on in leaps and bounds since his last trial and he just needs a bit of luck from the wide gate.”
CASINO PRINCE filly Baccarat Baby completed a hat-trick at Sunshine Coast on Wednesday prompting trainer David Vandyke to contemplate a southern spring carnival campaign.
“She might go to Melbourne if she measures up in her next two starts,” Vandyke said. “We will make a decision after she races over 1400m here in a fortnight and then over 1600m at Doomben in a month.
“We’re teaching Baccarat Baby how to settle and Wednesday’s win was part of that education. Michael (Hellyer) resisted the temptation to go to the lead when the tempo slowed – and she was good value for the half-length win.”
Casino Prince has another promising galloper in Queensland named Aceplay. The 4yo gelding ran a slashing third on debut at Sunshine Coast last month after two trials wins at Deagon. The first-up effort was even better than it looked…trainer Paul Butterworth reported he sliced open the near-fore knee approaching home turn!
Aceplay has responded to treatment in time for a Maiden Plate (1050m) at Doomben next Wednesday. He’s a full-brother to Casino Prince Group 2 winner Hooked (ATC Tramway Hcp & MVRC Crystal Mile) who begins his stud career for a $6,600 service fee at Brackley Park in Victoria this season.