A first-up win in the Warwick Stakes 2015 next month is something trainer John O’Shea is keen to make happen with his Group 1-bound galloper It’s Somewhat this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
O’Shea named the $175,000 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick Racecourse on August 22 as the most likely resuming run for the Godolphin-raced Dynaformer gelding.
“I think we’ll get him going early,” O’Shea told RSN’s Racing Ahead.
“He will be going up and early and he wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to win the Warwick Stakes or be effective in the Warwick Stakes first-up.”
A rising five-year-old, It’s Somewhat has won three of his 15 starts to date, the American-bred European import having had just the two previous runs in Australia.
The first was on February 28 when he won the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) first-up in a strong effort over Rudy before a trip to Rosehill Gardens into Group 1 company on March 21.
There he could only manage to run four and a quarter lengths away ninth behind Japan’s Real Impact in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m), a run O’Shea maintains was a solid effort.
“His strength is really good,” O’Shea said.
“His run in the Ryder was really excellent.”
O’Shea also still believes he should have pressed on and given It’s Somewhat another shot in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in early April during The Championships.
The horse will be given the chance to atone over a similar trip his time in with O’Shea looking at two elite level options in two different states over a mile.
After the Warwick Stakes in Sydney he could stay on in New South Wales and target the $1 million Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) back at Randwick on October 3, a race that’s prize money was boosted by 50% by the Australian Turf Club (ATC) this week.
If not an Epsom bid, It’s Somewhat could head south chasing Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival glory in the $400,000 Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse on October 10.
“He’s a genuine Group 1 handicapper,” O’Shea said.
“Whether he goes to the Epsom or comes down (to Melbourne) for the Toorak, we’ll just let that play out.”
O’Shea has saddled up five Epsom Handicap runners for the one win with Racing To Win (2006) nearly a decade ago.
He has the same record in the Toorak Handicap, but with an additional third place finish in the classic also, his winner in the Melbourne Group 1 being Shot Of Thunder (2002).
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