2011 Villiers Stakes on the Cards for My Destiny

Con Karakatsanis’ progressive four-year-old My Destiny will be out at Rosehill’s Festival Stakes Day this Saturday seeking their third win on the trot and looking to further stake their claims for a Villiers Stakes 2011 assignment next month.

Stratum gelding My Destiny boosted their impressive career record to three wins from eight starts this month winning a 1300 metre Benchmark 70 at Randwick on November 1 before their last-start effort to win over the same distance at their home track of Rosehill on November 12.

My Destiny returns to Rosehill Gardens on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten streak to three when they race in a Benchmark 85 Handicap, again over the 1300 metres.

A good performance on Saturday against what is shaping up to be a crack field of middle-distance sprinters and Karakatsanis will look seriously at penciling in the $175,000 Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on December 17 for My Destiny, which would be the galloper’s first Group race assignment.

“I’m still undecided what I’ll do with him, maybe the Villiers,” Karakatsanis said.

“If he keeps improving and pulls up well enough then I don’t see why not.

“He’s going well enough. He is a nice horse.

“It took him a couple of runs to hit form and fitness this preparation and now he’s in full swing.”

My Destiny has twice been tested in black-type company when running a disappointing 11th to Kudakulari in the Listed Canberra Guineas (1400m) on March 13 before their close third to Sea Lord in the Listed Darby Munro Quality (1200m) at Rosehill a fortnight later.

Another Sydney sprinter set for a 2011 Villiers Stakes target should the race well at Rosehill on Saturday is Circle Of Power who runs in the day’s marquee event, the $100,000 Listed Festival Stakes (1500m).

Rod Craig’s Arena four-year-old is already well-tried having raced 28 times to date for four wins.

They were last seen coming within a head of Lightinthenite when second in a Benchmark 85 over 1500 metres at Rosehill on November 12, Circle Of Power already a winner over the track and distance back in June on a Slow (7) course.

“I think Saturday is a good test for him,” Craig said.

“Most of these horses have been racing against each other while he’s a bit of a new kid on the block.

“It (the Villiers Stakes) will probably be a similar field to this with maybe a couple of interstate horses.

“This is a bit of a prelude.”

Circle Of Power faces a big class rise in the Festival Stakes facing a field full of Villiers Stakes-bound hopes including a trio from the stables of Chris Waller and the Gai Waterhouse-trained duo Kontiki Park and King Lionheart.

They will, however, benefit from the handicap conditions as they come in on the minimum with Christian Reith booked to ride them for the first time.

“He’s going to drop five kilos on his last start and that will be a big bonus for him,” Craig said.

“I’m more than happy with him and we’ve got a good rider on him in Christian Reith.

“I think if he runs up to his last couple of starts, with no weight on his back, he’ll be competitive.”

Rosehill race fields, including the 2011 Festival Stakes, will be released on Wednesday and published here at Races.com.au.

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