Sar­gent’s vi­sions of spring for Easy

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By RAY HICKSON

BRIS­BANE Group 1 am­bi­tions for emerg­ing young­ster Easy Go Easy Win are on the line at Rand­wick to­mor­row but trainer John Sar­gent also be­lieves he has a spring Derby prospect in the mak­ing.

The Sav­abeel geld­ing steps out in the Seven News Plate (1400m) at Rand­wick where a win would see him earn spot in next month’s Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m).

Sar­gent said Easy Go Easy Win has shown in his two starts to date, both un­lucky plac­ings, that he’s look­ing for the ex­tra ground.

“In his runs he’s been held up on the turn so nice big straight at Rand­wick should suit him,” he said.

“He’s a Sav­abeel so there’s a lot of up­side and I hope he can be Derby horse for the spring.”

In his lat­est start, Easy Go Easy Win was beaten a half head by Godol­phin young­ster Bar­beque with one of his ri­vals to­mor­row, and sub­se­quent maiden win­ner, Sam­bro fin­ish­ing third.

While Sar­gent has been aim­ing at the JJ Atkins all prepa­ra­tion, he said a win to­mor­row would be im­por­tant for Easy Go Easy Win to se­cure start and to go north with con­fi­dence lev­els up.

“To get the prize­money to get into the race he prob­a­bly has to win,” he said.

“The 1400m should suit him and a mile will suit him even more. He’s not a one paced horse, he’s ath­letic and has tac­ti­cal speed.”

Sar­gent an in­ter­est­ingly bred filly en­gaged against the boys in the Group 2 $150,000 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Eagle Farm in the shape of Ir­ish three-year-old Regine.

The filly is a sis­ter to Caulfield Cup placeget­ter Trip To Paris and was pur­chased un­raced out of the Der­mot Weld yard in Ire­land.

Regine made her de­but with a plac­ing at Nowra at the end of April then a one act af­fair of 1600m maiden Sun­shine Coast on May 14.

“She gal­loped well on Tues­day (with race jockey Jim Byrne in the sad­dle) at Doomben and from draw she should be prom­i­nent and get a soft run on the speed,” he said.

“I don’t think the trip will be a worry, whether race comes up too soon we’ll see.”

Regine is nom­i­nated for the Group 1 Queens­land Oaks and could back up in the fil­lies classic next week but Sar­gent said if she beat or was very com­pet­i­tive with the boys in the Grand Prix he’d con­sider pay­ing a late en­try for

Queens­land Derby.

Trainer John Sar­gent

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