By Brad Gray At Rosehill Gardens
You won’t go too far wrong following the first four horses home in the $150,000 Group Three Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m).
Bjorn Baker’s flashy Savabeel colt Addictive Nature fought off a late charge from Assimilate who settled a long last while Astoria and Mahalangur, who make the giant leap from a Newcastle maiden win, finished third and fourth.
“He’s still doing things a little bit upside down but he’s got untapped ability,” Baker said of Addictive Nature.
“For a Savabeel, he’s almost got too much speed so it’s a little bit of a question in terms of what we do and where we go.
“He’s always shown a lot, he was a high price yearling and is as good a looking horse as I’ve ever trained or ever been involved with.”
As for what’s next, Baker will set his sights on either the Stan Fox Stakes or the Run To the Rose with Addcitive Nature, a three-year-old he believes has Group One potential. Especially once he gets out the mile trip.
“He’s got the ability, I was here six-seven years ago with also a good looking horse called Lion Tamer and he went on to very good things,” Baker said.
“I’d like to think this horse is in the same sort of calibre.
“We’ve got a couple of options now and we’ll just wait and see how he comes through.
“Regardless of what happens we are yet to see the best of him, he’s sort of done it all this preparation. That was his third run but he’s been up for a while.”
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Tim Clark had plenty of company out in front courtesy of Runaway ridden by Rachel King, with King reporting after the race that he was outsprinted and wants further, but was brave in holding a short head margin at the finish.
“He got attacked the whole way. He was working the whole race and for him to be able to kick and hang on was signs of a top liner. He’s got a very big future,” Clark enthused.
“I think he’s probably a Group One horse, but he’s just not quite there mentally. Once he learns to do everything right you’ll see a pretty smart horse.
“We haven’t seen the best of him yet. Wait until he gets in behind them, switches off and watch his turn of foot then.”