If his up-and-comer can gain a run, Sydney trainer Bryce Heys is keen to step Boston Light up in class for a shot at the 2015 Danehill Stakes at Flemington Racecourse this Saturday in Melbourne.
A key support race on the Makybe Diva Stakes Day card, this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) attracted 22 three-year-olds at nomination stage on Monday.
The set weights plus penalties clash, a lead-up into the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10, has a field limit of 20 starters so Boston Light sitting 21st on the ballot needs just one horse not to accept to gain a start.
He will be at juicy odds for the win through Ladbrokes.com.au though with a host of nice gallopers in the Danehill Stakes mix this year including the Mick Price-trained Ready For Victory who ran second to Gold Symphony in the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 29.
The Peter Moody-trained Gold Symphony runs in Sydney’s $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on Saturday at Rosehill Gardens and is a $17 outsider in betting.
Ready For Victory is high up the markets for the 2015 Caulfield Guineas next month paying $5 as the second favourite behind the Chris Waller-trained Group 1 winner Press Statement ($4.60), who also runs in the Golden Rose this weekend, in the pre-field markets for the mile classic.
Boston Light meanwhile has had just the one run to date when fifth, beaten just under four lengths by Well Sprung in the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse on August 22 on debut.
That’s an effort Heys expects him to improve on second-up this weekend despite the class of his competitors, the horse having reared in the barriers pre-jump in the McKenzie.
“A horse like Ready For Victory is going to be a good yardstick as to where we’re at in the preparation and whether you’re an ‘A’ grader or a ‘B’ grader,” Heys told AAP.
“I think he’ll be a really effective straight horse.
“If we don’t have him ready to run well in the Danehill we’ll be a little bit blind whether we should be taking the A grade on later on in the spring carnival.”
Heys also has Boston Light’s stablemate Speith nominated for the Danehill on Saturday, the Thorn Park colt coming off a second to Secret Agenda on debut over 1200m at Sandown-Lakeside from September 2.
Long term Heys confirmed the goal for his promising youngster was a run back at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, October 31, in the stallion-making $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).
“I only want to run him in the Coolmore on Derby Day if I know I can win it with him.
“This is a realistic opportunity to see how close or far away we are.”
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