Baker’s three-year-old a real Nat­u­ral

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By CHRIS BAR­CLAY

HIGH-PRICED colt Ad­dic­tive Na­ture has an op­por­tu­nity to jus­tify that out­lay when he makes his black-type de­but at his third start.

A $775,000 year­ling at Karaka, the Bjorn Baker-trained three­year-old makes the rapid pro­gres­sion to Group com­pany in to­mor­row’s Ming Dy­nasty Qual­ity Hand­i­cap (1400m) at Rose­hill.

Baker said the Ming Dy­nasty had been ear­marked since Ad­dic­tive Na­ture won on de­but for Ul­tra Rac­ing at War­wick Farm on July 19.

“It was in the back of our mind what sort of di­rec­tion we’d take and af­ter his de­but, the tim­ing fit­ted in well with it,” Baker said.

“He’s shown abil­ity from day one. He was lucky enough to win a two-year-old race so he def­i­nitely de­serves his crack.”

“It’s Group 3. He’s a very ex­pen­sive colt and it would be nice for him to be com­pet­i­tive.”

Ad­dic­tive Na­ture, who was sec­ond Shogun Sun over 1200m at Rand­wick on Au­gust 5, won his third straight bar­rier trial Kem­bla Grange last Wed­nes­day and worked well on Tues­day.

“I’m re­ally happy with him and he gets in with a pretty good weight (55.5kg),” Baker said.

Baker is also look­ing for­ward to the re­turn of five-year-old mare Bonny O’Reilly in a Bench­mark 95 Hand­i­cap (1200m), along­side sta­ble­mate Sir Plush.

Bonny O’Reilly races for the first time since a dis­ap­point­ing 15th in the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara at Doomben on June 24.

“She’s def­i­nitely come back stronger from Queens­land,” Baker said.

The race will be her lead-up to the Group 3 Sher­aco Stakes (1200m) at Rose­hill on Septem­ber 9.

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