Kiwis stick around in Sydney

Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards is pleased with the way Probabeel came through his run in the G1 Sires’ over 1400m on Saturday having pulled up well and ate up on Sautrday and Sunday post-race.

Richards believes Probabeel wasn’t suited to a slow track footing on either Australian start and depending on weather expectations, will most likely throw Probabeel into a final run in Sydney next Saturday in the 1600m Group 1 Champagne Stakes.

Probabeel looks to be wanting the 1600m after being pushed along throughout over the 1400m to handle the strong tempo, but even so, recorded the fastest final 200m of the race according to data.

Murray Baker today confirmed that The Chosen One will continue on with his Sydney campaign after an unlucky 4th in the ATC Derby on Saturday.

The Chosen One missed the start and settled near last in running before storming home for 4th despite the slow race tempo. The Chosen One was required to make a wide sustained run, recording the best final 1200/1000/800/600 of the race and the second best final 400/200 of the race.

The Frank Packer Plate over 2000M next Saturday is the current aim for The Chosen One and based on the Derby run and a better start to the race, you would expect him to be very hard to beat.

ATC Derby third placed NZ runner Surely Sacred will not contest any more races in Sydney this prep. Trainer Tony Pike thinks the horse would’ve pushed Angel of Truth down the straight in the ATC Derby and believes the horse did a very good job in his first preparation.

In A Twinkling is another NZ runner heading home immediately for a break at Te Akau Stud.

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