Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) winner Sonntag was given an easy jumpout at the Sandown course proper ahead of Saturday’s Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m).
Although the four-year-old was well beaten in his heat, jockey Chad Schofield was pleased with the performance, noting he was specifically given an easy time.
“He wasn’t out there to break any records but he felt strong underneath me and he was up against a couple of handy sprinters, so I’m not concerned how far he finished off them,” Schofield told TVN afterwards.
“Henry (Dwyer, trainer) has got him ticking over nicely and I’m looking forward to Saturday.”
Schofield rode Sonntag to victory in the Queensland Derby where they were right in the first few all the way before boxing on courageously to grab the win. He missed out on the ride in the Listed Sale Cup (1600m) first up this season after suffering from a fall but is ready to ride the gelding in a competitive race once again.
Michael Rodd was hoop for Sonntag in the Sale Cup, which was won by half a length.
“I better get a result this week or I might get replaced by Michael Rodd,” Schofield joked.
“I had put a bit of work into the horse before his win in the Sale Cup and knew he was going well.
“It was unfortunate that I was unable to ride him due to the fall I had at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day.
“The last race I rode him in was the Queensland Derby, so fingers crossed we can get the result on Saturday.”
Sonntag jumped well from both his last two starts – barrier five in the Derby and seven in the Sale Cup – so a good barrier draw could make or break the Eclipse Stakes for the gelding. The final field and barrier draw for the race will be announced on Wednesday morning, so make sure you check back with Races.com.au for all the latest updates.
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