By Brad Gray
The early tactics adopted on Gold Standard in the $1,000,000 Group One Golden Rose (1400m) will have a big say in where race favourite Menari lands, and that isn’t lost on Gold Standard’s co-trainer Adrian Bott.
Gold Standard will jump from barrier 10 while the boom colt Menari is drawn on his immediate outside. Free-rolling types The Mission and Perast have drawn barriers 3 and 5 respectively.
“There is a fair bit of speed inside of us so it will be interesting to see how it pans out early in the run. The thing on our side is that Gold Standard is versatile and can park himself wherever he needs to be. We have seen him lead and off the pace,” Bott said.
“I’ll leave it up to Tommy (Berry). He does not have to lead at all costs though. He is brilliant enough to sit off them and still produce late but if tactically he needs to put himself there, he can.”
The son of Sebring tackles Group One company at his fifth start and all still in his first campaign having debuted at Warwick Farm behind Addictive Nature back in mid-July.
“It’s been a big ask given he has done it all in his first preparation, which speaks volumes about his quality and what he could develop into but it’s certainly not too much too soon for him,” Bott said.
“He has got such a glow to him at the moment and the horse is thriving in his work.
“He is putting it all together now and if he can continue on that upward spiral he is certainly right in this race. We’re confident he can go to the next level.”
Five-year-old mare English remains on track for her tilt at The Everest after her fourth in The Shorts having covered ground in the run.
“That will bring her on enormously. It was just that race fitness, which Redzel had. We were caught a little wide and exposed but she held her ground. It was a good first up performance,” Bott said.
“She needs that hard race fitness but taking a line through Chautauqua and Fell Swoop, they finished together so the form is still there.”
Bott also confirmed that Global Glamour will be targeted at the $500,000 Listed City Tattersalls Lightning (1200m) which is a consolation race to The Everest.
“We’ll look to that race after missing a slot. She will trial next week and be first up into that race. She’ll be nice and forward for that,” said Bott.
Meanwhile, glamour filly Woman, who is by Frankel and out of More Joyous, has gone out for a spell with autumn goals in mind.
“We wanted to give her plenty of time in the paddock. We have got some good plans for her in the autumn and the more time she has in the paddock, the more beneficial it’ll be to her. She did a brilliant job first up and it was job done in that sense,” said Bott.