Group 1 colt Farnan looks set to return to the scene of his greatest triumph to tackle The Galaxy as Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott look to get the Golden Slipper winner back to his best.
Farnan was one of the most exciting colts in training heading into last spring after scoring a sensational all the way victory in the 2020 Golden Slipper.
But the star son of Not A Single Doubt failed to live up to his high expectations when he was beaten as favourite in the Group 2 Run To The Rose before he was ruled out of The Everest.
He returned in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, finishing 10th in the sprint feature down the Flemington straight.
Waterhouse and Bott are confident Farnan can put that forgettable spring behind him in the autumn and are keen to target The Galaxy, which is staged on Golden Slipper day in March.
“He is back in work and going great,” Bott said.
“We are hopefully going to see him at the trials in three weeks time and looking at The Galaxy as a first-up option for him.
“He is back in great shape and looks well.
“Since his last preparation he has put on some really good condition.”
The Galaxy is shaping as a strong race already with the likes of Libertini, Jonker and Splintex among the horses that are set to be targeted at the 1100m Group 1.
Owners Kia Ora Stud, Phoenix Bloodstock and Aquis have elected to race on with Farnan to pursue another Group 1 instead of sending the colt to stud.
Farnan is also prominent in betting for the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes – where he is a $15 hope with TAB.com.au – however the February 13 feature will come too soon for the three-year-old.
The bookmaker have Farnan at $11 for the Oakleigh Plate on February 20 and also list him as a $26 chance for the TJ Smith Stakes.
Originally published asBott indicates first-up Group 1 tilt for Farnan
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