Le Romain stormed onto the Australian racing scene through an impressive autumn campaign this year, and trainer Kris Lees has revealed he will set the rising four-year-old for an appearance in the 2016 Epsom Handicap (1600m) upon resuming in spring.
Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive return this year, Le Romain stormed home to win the Schweppes Quality (1000m) first-up on January 23rd before making a strong transition to black type company when second in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) a fortnight later.
Placing second behind Press Statement in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m), the Hard Spun gelding produced undoubtedly a career-best effort to date to beat a classy field to the line in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 6th.
Having been returned to the paddock after suffering a minor ailment when seventh in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on March 19th, Lees told Racing Ahead that La Roman will return to racing in August, with a view towards reaching the 2016 Epsom Handicap in peak fitness.
“I think the Epsom would be a logical target for him, having already won a Group 1 race at Randwick already over the mile,” Lees said.
“He’ll probably kick off in a 1200m race in late August.”
Lees said he will look towards races like the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Longines Mile (1600m) in Victoria as targets for Le Romain, should be perform to a high standard in Sydney.
“If he performed well and deserved his spot, he’d probably make a trip down south,” he said.
Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Le Romain stamped himself as one to watch when third in the TAB.com.au Handicap (1200m) in September last year; progressing to success in the Harry Meyn Foundation Maiden (1200m) and second in the Ranvet BM67 (1200m) before returning to the paddock.
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