Trainer Peter Snowden has underlined the 2016 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on August 6th as the likely Spring Carnival Launchpad for star colt Capitalist.
Capitalist was undoubtedly the star two-year-old of his generation; posting four wins and one second place finish through five career starts; peaking with a dominant victory in the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) most recently on March 19th.
Having taken plenty of benefit from his time away from racing and return to work, and having performed particularly well in a Randwick barrier trial last week, Snowden told AAP the Missile Stakes 2016 is an ideal first-up target for the rising three-year-old.
“Possibly has another trial and then possibly he’ll run in the Missile Stakes on the sixth of August,” Peter Snowden said.
“He had five or six weeks off and he’s been in work about two-and-a-half months. So far, touch wood, everything is going fine.
“I’m happy with his work and his attitude is good. All is good.”
Snowden is yet to settle on a specific path for the Written Tycoon colt in spring, but revealed the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Derby Day is likely to be his major campaign target.
“We’ll just go one race at a time. The Coolmore is definitely on the radar. That’s the ultimate goal,” Snowden said.
“He’ll probably have a three-race preparation, then a short break, and then come back again for the end of the carnival. When you’ve got them up and racing in August, it’s a long time until November.
“I’d say he’ll have three runs and then a short break and then come back and have one lead-up into the Coolmore, or something like that.”
“The Missile is his first run and then maybe the Run To The Rose. We’ll just take one race at a time.”
Capitalist stamped himself as a colt to follow from the outset upon debuting to racing for a three length win in the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) on October 3rd.
Returning for success in the Wyong Magic Millions 2.y.o Classic (1100m) on December 17th, Capitalist repeated the dose in the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2.y.o Guineas (1200m) on January 9th before being sent to the paddock.
Clearly requiring a run when second in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) on March 5th, the colt out of Kitalpha was clearly too good for his rivals in the Golden Slipper last time out.
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