PAYNE PAIR HAVE PLENTY OF PROM­ISE

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - CHRIS BAR­CLAY

DAVID Payne will be back where it all be­gan at his adopted home, Rose­hill, when Rea­gan and Toulouse make their rac­ing de­buts.

South Africa-born Payne fo­cused on two-year-olds when he first moved to Syd­ney in 2002 and new­com­ers will be his pri­or­ity to­mor­row when the colts line up in the 2YO Plate (1100m).

“Aus­tralia fo­cuses a lot on the two-year-olds, so when I got here we trained a lot them,” Payne said. “I think we won about 17 or 18 ju­ve­nile races the first cou­ple of years I was here.”

Payne also has a rep­u­ta­tion with stay­ing types most re­cently

this month’s Vic­to­ria Derby win­ner Ace High but has a good record with young­sters.

He has won the Group 2 Tod­man Stakes (1200m) twice with Mas­quer­ader in 2010 and Cri­te­rion (2013) and the Group 3 Black Opal (1200m) with Uber (2004) and Cri­te­rion.

Hur­ried Choice (2006) and De­fi­ant Dame (2010) claimed the Listed Gim­crack Stakes (1000m).

Payne would not spec­u­late on Rea­gan and Toulouse de­vel­op­ing into horses of that cal­i­bre.

“They’re both promis­ing ju­ve­niles so I’ll give them a run be­fore the end of the year just to see what we’ve got,” he said.

“They’ve got po­ten­tial. They’re nice horses for later on and they’ll be bet­ter three-year-olds.”

Payne said the Magic Mil­lions meet­ing at Gold Coast in Jan­uary would come too soon but the Group 1 Golden Slip­per (1200m) on March 24 was a pos­si­ble tar­get.

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