By Brad Gray
Godolphin trainer John O’Shea is under no illusions as to the task ahead of Veranillo ahead of the Group Two TAB Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) where he’ll meet She Will Reign and Khan.
With James Doyle on the sidelines nursing a fractured wrist Brenton Avdulla will take the ride on the unbeaten Medaglia d’Oro colt.
“He’s up in class, so we’ll know where we stand with him after Saturday,” said O’Shea.
“There’s a couple of smart ones in the race, but at this stage we’ll be going on to the Golden Slipper.
“He’s a very nice colt who had shown ability in his first prep and raced up to it with a good, tough win (first-up).”
Veranillo - the further he went the stronger he got
She Will Reign tightened her grip on Golden Slipper betting with an impressive trial at Warwick Farm last week and now sits at $6 with TAB while Khan is currently rated an $11 chance for Peter and Paul Snowden.
Bryneich failed to reproduce his dominant Canterbury win last start but gets a key gear change ahead of the Schweppes Group Two Hobartville Stakes (1400m), which is worth $400,000.
“I’ve put blinkers on him to try and turn him around. He’s trained on nicely and he gets a good gate.”
“Another one who is up in grade. It’s quite a strong race which will allow us to see where he’s at.”
Circular looks set for a lucrative autumn after an encouraging return over 1200m in the Breeders Classic and second-up steps out to 1300m in the Group Two Ranvet Millie Fox Stakes.
“I thought she was very good first up at Randwick.”
“She’s gone on since and I expect her to run well.
“There are some nice races for her during the autumn, she’ll probably go to Group Three at Randwick next start which should really suit her.”
Circular rattled home fresh
Meanwhile, Allergic will don the royal blue in the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) and will be looking to further build on his second-up record of 4:1-0-2.
“I’d probably like it a bit softer for him (but) he’s a good, honest horse who has run very well right up to Group One level.”
“One of those horses who are the backbone of the stable.”