Sydney’s ace horseman Chris Waller has confirmed his recent stable acquisition, Cox Plate winning Irish import Adelaide is one month off a trial that will lead into a Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2015 bid this season.
Previously prepared in Ireland by top trainer Aidan O’Brien, Galileo stallion Adelaide targets the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival’s richest race during The Championships with the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) to run at Royal Randwick on April 11.
Futures Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are currently lead by Japanese raider To The World ($5), to be ridden by jockey James McDonald over the carnival, with Adelaide following closely on $6.50 to add more elite level glory to his record down under.
When still with O’Brien during the spring the four-year-old came off some exciting international form, including a second in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby and a win in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes over 2011m in the USA, to win Australasia’s weight-for-age championship at Moonee Valley on October 25.
Despite drawing wide in barrier 13 of 14 and running in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) without a previous run down under, Adelaide worked his way around the star-studded field with Ryan Moore aboard to outstay his rivals and defeat Fawkner by a neck.
Connections opted to keep Adelaide in Australia for the autumn with four-time Sydney Trainers Premiership winner Waller to take over his preparation.
The horse has acclimatised well according to Waller, who spoke to Sky Sports Radio on Thursday morning, and will trial in about four weeks’ time.
“The most important thing with these imported horses is to get them to acclimatise quickly,” Waller said
“Adelaide has coped very well since being with us.
“He’s starting three-quarter pacework now and is due to trial in about four weeks.”
Waller also confirmed his Coolmore Stakes winner Brazen Beau would resume in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on February 21 after a solid trial in the wet at Warwick Farm on Tuesday.
“He’s a more mature horse and looks terrific,” Waller said.
“He’s a more versatile horse now and will have a jumpout eight days prior to contesting the Lightning Stakes at Flemington.”
The I Am Invincible colt was seventh over the line behind Memorial in his easy 808m hit-out with Hugh Bowman giving him an easy go on the Heavy (10) course.
After the Lightning Stakes his other run down under for the autumn will be in the $1 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 14 before he heads to Royal Ascot in England for his final run in the King’s Stand Stakes on June 16 before retiring to stud.
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