Despite failing to fire over the final 200 metres of the featured Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) on November 1st, trainer Gai Waterhouse’s stable manager Adrian Bott has revealed Hampton Court May progress to an appearance in the 2015 Australian Derby (2400m) following his major target; the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) a fortnight earlier.
Claiming three wins and a further two minor places over his 10 race career so far, Hampton Court was unable to secure much of a consistent run of form upon returning to racing at the beginning of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, but found exceptional condition when winning the Listed Dulcify Quality (1600m) and breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing when finding the line three lengths in the clear in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 11th.
Conceding 2000m appears to be the Redoute’s Choice colt’s ideal running distance, Bott told TVN a plan beyond the 2014 Rosehill Guineas is not set in stone, however the obvious progression to the 2015 Australian Derby is a good chance of coming to fruition.
“I expect he will be back in the stable in the next week or two,” Bott said.
“He’s had a nice spell and from all reports he’s done very well and we expect to see him back here in the next week or two.
“We haven’t made any decision on what his aims will be for the autumn.
“The jury is still out on the Victoria Derby as there was a howling wind there that day and he was out facing it most of the way, so we haven’t really concluded that he didn’t stay.
“His win before that in the Spring Champion Stakes (over 2000m) was quite stunning, so we know he’ll run a strong 2000 metres.
“There are many options for a high-quality three-year-old in the autumn so we’ll make those decisions once we see how he has come back and Gai will determine where she goes with him.”
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