Stam­pede look­ing likely for Metropoli­tan

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MATT JONES

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.”

JRA COLIN STEPHEN QUAL­ITY

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