Morphettville horseman Paul Beshara has assigned his Emirates Stakes winner Happy Trails with a tough first-up run this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival naming the Canterbury Stakes 2013, which is set to feature star stablemates More Joyous and Pierro, for the galloper’s resuming run Saturday week.
Five-year-old Good Journey gelding Happy Trails enjoyed a strong Melbourne campaign during the spring winning two of their five starts including the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last start on November 10.
Having been spelled after their maiden elite level success the smart miler is ready to get back to racing, their first-up run to be against Gai Waterhouse’s Doncaster Mile winner More Joyous and star Lonhro colt Pierro in the $350,000 Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 23.
It will be the horse’s first run at Rosehill since their fourth in last autumn’s Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) and while the competition will be red hot Beshara is hoping for a nice run for Happy Trails who cost just $11,000 as a yearling back in 2009.
The Canterbury Stakes offers a ballot free ride into both the $400,000 Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) back at the track on Golden Slipper Day, April 6, and one of the season’s richest races – the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick a fortnight later.
Both races are on the agenda for Happy Trails’ four-race Sydney raid which will culminate with the $500,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on Sydney Cup Day, April 27.
As for the 2013 Doncaster Mile Happy Trails is one of the top 10 chances in the futures markets for the event at a quote of $21.
It is one of Happy Trails Canterbury rivals, Pierro, who heads the current Doncaster Mile odds at $6.50 while the defending champ More Joyous is also well liked at $14.
Beshara also confirmed that Glen Boss would have the ride on Happy Trails in the Canterbury Stakes, the ace hoop having ridden them twice last prep when second to Sincero in the Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and for their tight win over subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m).
The horse will go into the Canterbury on the back of two nice trails when third at Morphettville Parks in February and third again over 1000m at Gawler last Friday, performances Beshara has been pleased with.
“We’re not out there to win trials,” Beshara said.
“We were very happy with what he did. It was very good.
“We’ve got a long way to go. I want to bring home that Doncaster.”
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