News In Brief
Top colt ready for spring carnival
Group One spring contender Summer Passage continues to please his trainers ahead of his Melbourne campaign.
“The way he worked yesterday gave us the confidence that he can go over there and perform very well,” said Andrew Scott, who trains the Snitzel colt with Lance O’Sullivan.
“He will fly over early next Sunday morning and then run in the Danehill Stakes the following Saturday.”
Summer Passage won last season’s Gr.1 Sistema Stakes at Ellerslie and finished runner-up in the Gr.1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick.
His major spring target is the Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on November 4.
Trial to determine Group One performer’s path
A decision on Gold Fever’s immediate future will be made after she trials at Cambridge next week.
“She’s still a bit behind in the coat and we’ll see how she goes and she could run first-up in the Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings,” co-trainer Jamie Richards said.
Gold Fever won three of her six starts last season, including the Gr.2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes and the daughter of Savabeel was turned out after she finished third in the Gr.1 Sistema Stakes at Ellerslie.
3YO looks a horse to follow
Cambridge three-year-old Vin De Dance suggested he had a bright future over ground following his debut victory at Pukekohe on Wednesday.
“He’s a nice, big and mature sort of horse who will hopefully make a stayer – whether it’s this preparation or in the autumn we’ll have to see,” said Andrew Forsman, who trains the son of Roc de Cambes with Murray Baker.
A trial winner last month, Vin De Dance is raced by the international syndication company OTI with Novara Park principal Luigi Muollo.
Dettori booked for Eminent
Frankie Dettori will ride Sir Peter Vela’s Eminent if the Frankel colt takes his place in Saturday’s Gr.1 Irish Champion Stakes.
“We've left him in and a lot will depend on what else is going to run, but there's definitely a strong possibility we'll let him go,” trainer Martyn Meade said. “We're seriously considering it.”
Eminent was successful in last month's Gr. 2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville after finishing sixth in the English 2000 Guineas, fourth in the English Derby and fifth in the Coral-Eclipse.
With the Gr.1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe taking place three weeks after the Irish Champion Stakes, it is not inconceivable Eminent could run in both, but Meade said that was unlikely.