Stampede looking likely for Metropolitan
THE Gai Waterhouse-Adrian Bott stable conceded it would be a tough task to send Stampede to Saturday’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick but it will be hard not to after he easily won over the same trip yesterday at Rosehill Gardens.
The seven-year-old was given a near-perfect ride by Adam Hyeronimus in front and, when he kicked clear in the straight, didn’t look like the horse carrying top weight.
Stampede strode to a commanding two-length win from Master Of Arts and Bott said now the 2400m box was ticked, it would be tempting to back him up for a third week.
“We always thought he’d eventually get to that Group 1 level,’’ Bott said. “We won’t close the window on it (The Metropolitan) but it would mean he’d have three runs in three weeks. He’s always been a very talented horse.’’
Bott knew if Hyeronimus didn’t give him the right run he would’ve been vulnerable late.
“He did that well and was aided by a well-rated ride,’’ Bott said. “Adam gets on with him so well.
“He was at that point in his preparation where we could test him and he was rock-hard fit and in form. He came off a strong performance, too, in the Kingston Town Stakes.’’
Hyeronimus had plenty of time to think about things out in front and knew approaching the 400m that he had done everything he could on Stampede and it was up to the horse to finish it off.
“He had a very easy time in front and it was planned that way on paper,” Hyeronimus said.
“It was good that it worked out that way because he was suspect at the trip and was carrying 59kg.”
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