By Brad Gray At Rosehill Gardens
D’argento will have a role to play over the spring having won the opening race at Rosehill Gardens but Chris Waller just has to decide whether it’ll be the start or finish of the carnival.
“My gut tells me just back off and wait for the end of the spring. It’d be easy to target races like the Gloaming and Spring Champion but my gut tells me to wait for a Carbine Club at the end of the spring,” said Waller.
“It all comes down to what we are going to have across the stable in the first part of the spring. The beauty of the spring is that there are so many options and you’ve got to be strong late as well as at the start.
“He’ll tell us on Monday whether he’ll go the paddock for a couple of weeks or stay in work.”
The flashy grey colt was a picture of calm in the stalls before the race, in the mounting yard and then as he galloped around to the gates which impressed Waller just as much as the victory itself.
“He‘s a nice progressive horse. He didn’t win by a big margin but I don’t think that’s very important. It’s all about the experience and helping him improve,” Waller said.
“He settled perfectly today and was very tractable stepping out to 1500m so it was exactly what you want to see when you are trying to educate a horse.
“He still floats a little bit and has never been asked to attack the line (prior to race day) because he is a horse that has got a lot of ability so you’re (always) restraining him. He has trials and you are restraining him. In track gallops you are restraining him.
“At Newcastle when he was let off the bridle he got a bit lost and today is only the second time in his life he has been asked to quicken so that brings natural improvement and you never know with a race horse how high they can go.”
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As for what distance the son of So You Think will be at his best over, Waller said based on his pedigree he’d be a miler but Hugh Bowman is of the opinion that the colt would be more effective out to staying trips. However, what they both agreed on is that he is a rising three-year-old with a very bright future.
“He feels to me like a horse that will excel over 2000m and possibly further. He’s not a sit and sprint type of horse so the longer journey allowed him to get into a rhythm. He didn’t know how to win and he just got there on raw ability,” Bowman said.
“Nice win from a nice horse. It didn’t surprised me though - in fact I expected him to perform like that. He’s got a bit of growing up to do mentally but physically he’s the real deal.”
With Calculated also on the books, as well as Foxplay and Gresham, it shapes to be an exciting spring for Star Thoroughbreds and Denise Martin.
“Both Calculated and D’argento have always shown ability and you don’t know until you try them on race days but they are fine quality, physical specimens,” said Martin.
“They are both lovely So You Think colts and look as they will continue on to good quality races.”