Godolphin’s head trainer John O’Shea has confirmed plans to trial Group 1 performed colt Sweynesse in Sydney this week ahead of a first-up run in the Hobartville Stakes 2015 next month.
The three-year-old son of Lonhro was last seen running eighth when running well without much luck to cross under two lengths off the European-trained winner Adelaide in the Cox Plate last October.
Before that he won three on the trot including a Group 3 Sydney double and finished third behind Hampton Court in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.
A winner of four of his six starts with his only two losses being in Group 1 company, Sweynesse will run in the 13th trial at Rosehill Gardens on Tuesday morning.
One of seven three-year-old colts and geldings booked for the 900m open hit-out, O’Shea is hoping to see the youngster run well before his resuming start in the $200,000 Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) back at the track on February 21.
From there Sweynesse will be put on the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival’s traditional Guineas path.
Connections are looking at both the $600,000 Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 7 over the mile and the $500,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on March 21 for the horse.
All reports from O’Shea, who spoke to the Racing Network on Monday morning, were that the colt had come through his spell in good order and was ready to head towards his Group 1 goals.
“He’s come back very well after his break,” O’Shea said.
“He will follow the traditional path – Hobartville Stakes into the Randwick Guineas and the Rosehill Guineas — then we’ll see where he’s at before making any further decisions.”
Last year’s Rosehill Guineas winner was the then David Payne-trained Criterion, now with David Hayes & Tom Dabernig, who won by three and a half lengths before going on to take out the Australian Derby a fortnight later.
O’Shea will consider a run in this year’s $2 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick on April 4 if all goes well for Sweynesse in his two Guineas runs.
O’Shea also said they held no regrets about running the horse as a three-year-old in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, and that his Cox Plate run was a brave one after having little luck in the straight.
“He was beaten less than two lengths and had little luck in the straight,” he said.
“We thought he deserved his place in the field and was definitely not out of place in the race – the result vindicates that decision.”
O’Shea’s other most notable trial nominees for Tuesday morning are promising fillies Calaverite and Igraine who ran one-two with a half-length separating the stablemates in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) on October 4.
He has since confirmed however that Gimcrack winner Calaverite would not be running and would instead go straight into the $150,000 Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on January 31.
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