Pressday back on Saturday
Group One winning juvenile Pressday is primed to make his three-year-old debut at Randwick on Saturday before heading to the Melbourne carnival.
Trainer Chris Waller was pleased with the colt’s second in a barrier trial on Friday ahead of the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) where he will be ridden by Jim Cassidy.
“I was very happy with his trial,” Waller said.
“He’s the fresh horse on the scene and ready to charge.
“After Saturday he will go to Melbourne for the Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby day.”
After Pressday finished seventh in the Pago Pago Stakes, Waller decided not to push him to the Golden Slipper and gave him a short break.
He then took him to Brisbane where he was unbeaten in three starts culminating in the Group One TJ Smith Classic (1600m).
“We rushed him back to go to Brisbane but he’s had a good spell now and I think it’s a blessing because some of the other three-year-olds have gone by the wayside,” Waller said.
Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily is among those resting along with runner-up Decision Time who is serving a mandatory three-month ban after suffering a bleeding attack.
Fellow Rosehill trainer Gerald Ryan is hoping Hinchinbrook, who finished fourth in the Slipper, can challenge Pressday after a mixed start to his season.
A temperature forced Hinchinbrook to miss a scheduled start and go straight into the $1 million Golden Rose where he was unplaced.
He then ran third in the Heritage Stakes won by Decision Time but his seventh to Hot Danish in the Premiere Stakes on September 18 had Ryan heading back to the drawing board.
Hinchinbrook was given a freshen-up and pleased Ryan with a barrier trial win on Friday.
He too will head to the Coolmore Stud Stakes which is run down the straight course at Flemington.
“If he races as good as he’s trialled then I’ll take him down for the Group One (Coolmore Stud Stakes) at Flemington,” Ryan said.