Proisir is all the rage for the Group 1 2012 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) which is one of four Group 1 races as part of the “Super Saturday” card at Randwick.
The unbeaten three-year-old has shortened from $1.50 and $1.40 as he looks to take his unblemished record to four and earn a Cox Plate berth.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse has declared him a good thing and it is hard to argue with the hall of fame trainer on what the son of Choisir has shown so far.
His shortest winning margin has been two lengths and he was most recently seen leading from start to finish when handing out a six-length walloping in the Group 3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle.
No doubt he faces better competition here but history says Epsom day is Gai’s day and it will take a very good horse to beat Proisir.
If any in this field can do it, it is likely to be New Zealand colt It’s A Dundeel who has drifted from $4.40 to $4.80 at bookmaker.com.au.
Also unbeaten, the Murray Baker-trained youngster has been particularly impressive since arriving in Australia and stepped it up a gear when winning the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes last month.
But he may have to be ridden more forward, which would be a complete change in style, as he is unlikely to get the same favourable speed which has allowed him to run on in his three starts to date.
Many of these horses are heading towards the Victoria Derby or other spring targets with other contenders including Gloaming Stakes runner-up Honorius ($13.00) and the Bart Cummings-trained Lunar Rise ($14.00).