Brisbane youngster Octane Flyer can press his claims ahead of next month’s Group 1 2013 JJ Atkins (1200m) when he lines up in the Group 2 2013 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The Kelly Schweida-trained colt is yet to miss a place from five starts and is coming off a strong win in an Eagle Farm handicap last month.
The son of Statue Of Liberty showed his professionalism when travelling to Sydney in March to run second in the Group 3 Skyline Stakes.
Schweida is confident his charge will run a strong 1600m if he gets to the JJ Atkins but needs him to continue his rise through the grades this weekend.
“He looks like he’ll run a mile and that’s the aim at the moment, but he’s got to keep stepping up,” Schweida told Racing Network.
“He ran very well in the Skyline Stakes in Sydney (when second to All The Talk) and his win here the other day was strong.”
Octane Flyer is one of 13 horses contesting the Champagne Classic this weekend.
Among his key rivals are Patinack-owned colt Hooked and Kelso Wood’s first starter Into The Red.
Hooked is the likely favourite after big wins in the first two starts of his career while Into The Red is yet to be seen but has received some early money.
Wood won this race as well as the JJ Atkins (then TJ Smith) with classy colt Sizzling.
Others running in the Champagne Classic include Magic Millions fourth placegetter Global Dream, Southern travellers Bound For Earth and Vilanova and last-start winner Tints.
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