Classy colt Press Statement is set to bypass The Championships at Royal Randwick this year with a view towards contesting the 2016 All Aged Stakes (1400m) a week late on April 16th.
Press Statement for that stamped himself as a serious racing prospect through his debut year in 2015; posting an impressive five wins and one minor through seven competitive starts, highlighted by two triumphs at the highest level.
General Manager of owning syndicate Vinery Stud, Peter Orton told the Sydney Morning Herald the colt will be set on a preparation of five competitive appearances, concluding with the 2016 All Aged Stakes.
“We have mapped out a program of five runs ending in the All Aged Stakes, which year in and year out has proven itself one of the best races on the calendar,” Orton said.
“I personally think the 1400m at Randwick is best test for what Australians look for in a stallion, speed and stamina.”
“It has a great record of producing champion winners and is a most underrated race in terms of prizemoney, but not what it can do for a stallion.”
“The Doncaster doesn’t have the same special appeal to us.
“We think Press Statement will be that little bit sharper with maturity this time, so he will go to the Randwick Guineas and George Ryder Stakes before the All Aged Stakes.
“We will put in a nomination for the Doncaster but only as a safeguard. There is always the thought of Europe as well if everything goes to plan.”
Debuting for consecutive wins in minor Sydney races during the late stages of last autumn, trainer Chris Waller’s plan to float Press Statement north paid dividends when the colt produced a big late turn of foot to take out the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Doomben.
Returning in spring for second in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m), the son of Hinchinbrook failed to fire when fifth in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) but responded in the best way possible when taking out each of the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) and Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) most recently.
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