The spring’s Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas 2017 is the long-term goal for John McArdle’s highly-spruiked youngster Doubt I’m Dreaming who has won his only career start to date.
Originally a $210,000 buy from the 2016 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, the Not A Single Doubt colt debuted at Moonee Valley on William Reid Stakes Night on March 24.
The promising two-year-old made an immediate impact defeating runner-up Showtime by nearly three lengths in the Listed St Albans Stakes (1200m), which earned the attention of The China Horse Club and Newgate Farm.
They secured a quarter-share of Doubt I’m Dreaming for an undisclosed sum, which the horse’s Mornington-based trainer McArdle hopes he can live up to for connections.
McArdle believes the horse’s good early career form can continue into the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with the then three-year-old to be aimed at the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in October.
Doubt I’m Dreaming is down to trial at Cranbourne on Friday morning before racing in black-type company once again defending his unbeaten record in the $120,000 Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) on April 29 at Caulfield Racecourse.
“He’ll run in the Redoute’s Choice Stakes and then he’ll go to the paddock,” McArdle told Racenet.
“I wanted to give him one more run and I wanted to give him a look at Caulfield before the spring because he’s a big kid.
“It would be just over a month between runs and he’s just been ticking at home and he’s like an old gelding there.
“He’s done plenty of work and he’ll have a good solid trial.”
McArdle has had just the one previous starter in a Caulfield Guineas field, the mile classic won last spring by the Team Hawkes-trained Divine Prophet (2016).
Another likely starter in the Redoute’s Choice Stakes field Saturday week is the Ken Keys-trained juvenile Al Passem.
The Al Maher colt has won his opening two career starts, most recently over 1100m at Caulfield on Easter Saturday in the Bill Collins Handicap, which followed an eye-catching debut win from March 31 at Wangaratta.
“He wasn’t regarded by too many at all,” Keys told AAP on Saturday.
“I’m not sure if people really had a good look at his win at Wangaratta. We thought it was a sensational win.”
The tight victory at Caulfield over Redcore has the Cranbourne-based Keys looking at the juvenile’s possible first foray in stakes’ company.
“We won’t put a line through at this stage, but we’ll certainly look forward to his three-year-old year,” Keys said.
“He’s a true professional.”
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