JWR WEEKEND PREVIEW: CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Apr 17, 2015
BEL'S LAST STAND
It looks like being an emotional day for Bel Sprinter's connections as he steps out for his 30th and possible final career start at Caulfield tomorrow in the Listed $120,000 Anniversary Stakes.
“He’s pretty much at the end of his career. He will run tomorrow and I’d say he’ll probably retire after that" said Warren.
“I don’t think he’s got much racing left in him, not through soundness or anything like that, but he’s probably just lost his zest for it now he’s a bit older. He’s a lovely sound horse and he’s done a great job, but I think he’s earnt himself a good retirement" explained Warren.
Bel Sprinter steps out to 1400m tomorrow for the first time of his career. "He has been getting run off his feet over 1100m and 1200m so we are hoping that the slower tempo of a 1400m race will allow him too travel better and finish the race off".
"All the owners are pretty realistic about his chances tomorrow but it will be a great opportunity for them to see him race one last time and give him the send off his deserves. Every young trainer needs a pin-up horse and Bel has been wonderful for my career and will always have a special place in my heart" said Warren.
THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
With Bel Sprinter's career coming to a close, it is nice to have an emerging young colt on the scene. "The Barrister has got a long way to go before he fills Bel Sprinter's shoes but he is very promising and deserves his crack at the Group 1 Champagne Stakes tomorrow" said Warren.
“It wasn’t an overly strong race last start but he was pretty dominant. I don't think there would be a fitter horse in tomorrow's race and I am sure he will give a great sight".
FILLIES CHASE BLACKTYPE IN ADELAIDE
It's going to be a huge day for the stable and we shouldn't forget about HIPSTER GIRL and ORVASSA who have travelled over to South Australia for tomorrow's races.
3yo Nicconi filly HIPSTER GIRL (pictured below) lines up in the listed Schweppervescence Stakes over 1800m. She gives the impression that she will need 2000m plus to show her best but this will be a nice leadup race to the Australasian Oaks in 2 weeks. They are predicting a wet track tomorrow which wouldn't be the worst thing for Hipster. If the race turns into a slog, she will be very strong late!
2yo Equiano filly ORVASSA was an expensive yearling costing $160,000 but will go a long way to recouping that if she can run well in tomorrow's listed Dequetteville Stakes. She didn't have much luck on debut and has improved nicely since that run. If she handles the wet ground, she should be really competitive.