The Courier-Mail

Rudy sends a message

- BRAD DAVIDSON

THREE of Queensland’s most exciting horses are about to launch their spring assaults after promising trials at the Gold Coast yesterday.

Group 2 winner Rudy and Group 1 placegette­rs Sagaronne and Teronado tuned up for their spring assignment­s when finishing first, second and third respective­ly in the opening 1000m trial yesterday.

Rudy led from start to finish and won by two lengths in 59.36 seconds but the performanc­e of Sagaronne to come from last to grab second was just as impressive.

Teronado also took another step in the right direction on his comeback from a careerthre­atening injury when finishing a solid third in the trial.

Teronado’s part-owner Steve Foster revealed the fiveyear-old, who hasn’t raced since requiring surgery to fix a stripped tendon suffered in last September’s George Moore Stakes, will kick off his campaign in a Class 6 Plate (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday week on his path to a potential Caulfield Cup start in October.

“Glen Colless was impressed with the trial and he wasn’t let right down and the 1000m was always going to be a bit short for him,” Foster said. “He will (run) in a Class 6 Plate over 1200m where he will get 56kg and Colless will ride him.”

Teronado and Rudy are on a collision course to clash in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 19 before Rudy runs in the Epsom Handicap.

Trainer Helen Page is yet to lock in a jockey for Rudy this campaign and was just pleased to see the five-year-old trial as well as he did yesterday.

“We used (yesterday’s trial) as a track gallop with the view of him racing over 1350m firstup at Doomben on Saturday week,” she said.

“I’m very happy with him and he is coming up nicely but every prep they come back a bit bigger in condition and he may be a bit vulnerable first-up over 1350m.”

Trainer Toby Edmonds revealed Sagaronne was set to target dual Group 1s this spring after finishing second to Press Statement in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) last start.

“The VRC Oaks (on November 5) is the main target but she will also run in the Thousand Guineas on the way through,” Edmonds said.

 ?? Picture: Jerad Williams ?? HOT START: Rudy, ridden by Matt McGuren, beat Sagaronne and Teronado yesterday at the Gold Coast Turf Club trials.
Picture: Jerad Williams HOT START: Rudy, ridden by Matt McGuren, beat Sagaronne and Teronado yesterday at the Gold Coast Turf Club trials.

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