By Brad Gray
Addictive Nature created a huge impression on debut, breaking the thirteen year class record of subsequent five-time Group One winner Eremein, and the now three-year-old steps out at Royal Randwick on Saturday looking to further endorse his own Group One prospects.
“He looks magnificent and on what he has shown us at home and on the track, he’s very exciting so we’re looking forward to it,” Bjorn Baker said.
“We’re really happy with him. He looks great and is a lovely colt. I guess there are a couple of unknowns in the wet track and up to 1200m but it think he’ll be a bit more relaxed this time in. His work has been really good since he raced.”
The Savabeel colt is a full brother to Group Two winner Savvy Nature and carries a $775,000 price tag from the 2016 Karaka Premier Sale. Given his ability and big pedigree, it’s not surprising that he finds himself on a Golden Rose path however Baker has a decision to make providing he runs up to expectations on Saturday.
“We’ve got the Up And Coming (August 19) and the Ming Dynasty a week after so we’ve got those two options to decide between but it’s very much one step at a time with him for now,” Baker said.
Frustrating galloper Gold Ambition, who was Group One placed in the 2016 Group One Randwick Guineas behind Le Romain and Press Statement, hasn’t delivered on his early promise prompting Baker to mix up his work.
“He has been erratic at times, showing brilliance and then has been plain. You try to change things with him but he does get in with a decent weight on Saturday having come back in the ratings,” Baker said.
“We just try different work patterns and try to get him switched on. He looks well at the moment and is rock-hard fit so we don’t have to do much with him.”
Baker revealed that he will be without Music Magnate over the spring with the sprinter sidelined due to a fetlock chip but boom filly Champagne Cuddles will certainly be part of Baker’s arsenal over the carnival.
“I thought she trialled well. We’re looking at the Silver Shadow (August 19) first-up which is a big ask going straight into a Group Two race but she is a filly I’ve got a lot of time for,” Baker said.
“Her two wins have been excellent and although it’s hard to line up the form around her, I do like her a lot.”