Chris Waller has begun confirming plans for his host of Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival stars including his Victoria Derby winner Preferment who targets the 2015 Australian Derby on Doncaster Mile Day in early April this time in.
Preferment was one of a number of Waller-trained gallopers put through their paces during the very wet opening five trials at Warwick Farm on Tuesday morning, the remainder of the jump-outs abandoned due to the muddy conditions.
The nicely-bred Zabeel colt just snuck in then in the morning’s fifth hit-out when finishing last behind the John O’Shea-trained Memorial in the 3YO Group & Listed Trial run over 808m.
“He’s come back bigger and stronger and we’ll apply more pressure on him at his next trial provided we get a better track,” Waller told Sky Sports Radio on Thursday morning.
It was a star-studded trial with many of the big names in the run given an easy time including Golden Slipper winning filly Mossfun who was second home.
Waller saddled up four in the hit-out including his Coolmore Stud Stakes quinella of Brazen Beau (seventh) and Delectation (third), and Randwick Guineas or possibly even Australian Guineas hopeful Kermadec (fifth).
The run was Preferment’s first official appearance since his narrow victory over Bondeiger when outstaying his 15 rivals in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington back on November 1 during the spring.
That was his opening Group assignment and just his second black-type start following a devastatingly close second to Nozomi in the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) that October.
Waller has big plans for the Group 1 winner this autumn at home in Sydney ahead of the $2 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick on April 4 during The Championships.
He could go straight into Group 1 company with Waller looking at a resuming run in the $600,000 Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 7.
“He will tackle the Randwick Guineas either first-up or second-up with the Derby his ultimate goal,” Waller confirmed.
Already proven over 2500m against his own age, Preferment currently leads the futures Australian Derby odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $5 in the tentative early markets.
He is followed closely by three other single figure hopes at this stage with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Hampton Court ($6.50), Godolphin’s Lonhro colt Sweynesse ($7.50) and lightly-raced Kiwi Turn Me Loose ($8) who has plenty of hype surrounding him despite not having raced down under yet.
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