Talented three-year-old Kermadec was a standout performer for Chris Waller through the recent Autumn Carnival, and the leading Sydney trainer has revealed he will likely set the rising four-year-old on a path through the 2015 Epsom Handicap (1600m) during his spring campaign.
Kermadec has finished outside the firs three only twice in eight career starts so far, and while unlucky not to return to the winner’s circle in several standout performances early in the autumn, returned to the paddock after claiming an exceptional, near two length win in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Waller has been pleased with the continually building form of the Teofilo colt in the lead-up to his 2015 Spring Carnival campaign and believes a race like the 2015 Epsom Handicap, which will boast an incredible $1 million prize this year, will figure as a perfect target.
“A horse like Kermadec, he can stay at home a bit later now and run in the Epsom,” Waller AAP.
“And then Sydney gets the chance to look at a pretty good horse.”
Debuting to racing for success in the Mossman @ Vinery Plate (1400m) in September, Kermadec progressed to a credible second in the City Tatts Inglis Bonus BM73 (1600m) before making a successful transition to black type racing in taking out the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) on November 1st.
Running a credible fourth in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) first-up this year, Kermadec ran third in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) before a luckless run for fourth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) when blocked for a run late on March 7th.
Running on for a credible third amongst open company in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) in his only other start prior to the Doncaster Mile, Waller is yet to set a specific first point of call for Kermadec this time.
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