Trainer John Sargent expects to know a lot more about his latest ATC Oaks and Australian Derby bids come 4pm Saturday at Rosehill.
The Randwick trainer, long a fan of the three-year-old Classics, will travel to Sydney’s west with a strong hand headlined by impressive three-year-olds Elizabeel and Favreau.
Elizabeel will get her chance to show her Oaks credentials when the filly lines up in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).
The daughter of Power is already Group 1 placed in the Surround Stakes earlier this preparation and arrives in the Vinery fresh from a runner up finish in the Group 3 Kembla Grange Classic.
“She came home nicely in the Kembla Classic,” Sargent said.
“She is up to 2000m to see if she will stay this trip and this will give us a guide if we head back to a mile or head towards an Oaks.
“We will probably ride her more positively out of the gates on Saturday and let her roll along where she is happy.
“We are happy with her.”
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Sargent believes a drying Rosehill track should suit Elizabeel – a $12 Vinery Stud Stakes proposition – in her Group 1 pursuit, where she will be ridden by Englisman Tom Marquand.
Two hours before Elizabeel steps out, Sargent will be keeping a close eye on Favreau.
Sargent has been adamant the Tavistock gelding has been a Derby horse since last year and Favreau will get the chance to prove the trainer right in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m).
“He is flying,” Sargent said.
“We have got him going in good form at the moment with wins in his last two and this looks to be the right form race heading towards a Derby.
“Four of the past five Derby winners have come through this race and that’s why we have decided to go this way.
“He is match hardened now and the 2000m should be up his alley.”
Tommy Berry was booked to ride Favreau but his whip suspension will see James McDonald take the ride this weekend.
Favreau is the $4.60 second elect for the Tulloch Stakes.
Brandenburg returns at Rosehill. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Another of Sargent’s contenders on the card is Brandenburg.
The son of Burgundy won a Group 2 Hobartville Stakes last autumn en route to placing in the Doncaster Mile but has returned with a significant gear change in 2021.
“We gave him a long break after the spring and gelded him,” Sargent said.
“He will have a few runs down here before we head towards Brisbane and look at a Doomben Cup.”
Sargent will start his day with two runners in the Schweppervescene (1400m) as Readily Availabull and Gin Martini fly the flag for the stable.
Stablemate Last Not Least is the second emergency.
“Readily Availabull has a good draw and should run well while Gin Martini comes off a nice run on the Kenso,” Sargent said.
Originally published asSargent duo on trial for Oaks, Derby
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