Steadily building to the task over three credible starts through his short racing career so far, trainer Ron Quinton has revealed his desire to aim three-year-old Master Agar at the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Jumping from the gates only fairly in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1600m) on February 4th, Master Agar settled towards the tail of the field of 13, but displayed an exceptional turn of foot late to break through for a maiden race win.
Understandably pleased with the performance, particularly in overcoming an unfortunate task, Quinton told TVN he is confident the son of Not A Single Doubt is more than capable of competing at the highest level over his maiden campaign and will accept a position into the 2015 Australian Derby should his staying form warrant a berth.
“He was quite an expensive yearling, he cost $240,000 and being by Not A Single Doubt we thought he might show something early,” Quinton said.
“But he has gone completely the other way and thrown to the dam side with his mother being by Zabeel.
“His connections have been patient and allowed me to take my time with him.
“He has been in and out of the stables a few times but this is his first real preparation.
“He is a big raw horse and I think he will keep getting better as the races get longer.
“I’d look to nominate him for the Derby, there is a lot of water to go under the bridge but he gives the impression that he should stay.”
Contesting a total of six Randwick barrier trials prior to his competitive debut, Master Agar placed a credible fourth amongst notable competition in the James Boag’s Premium Handicap (1400m) on Boxing Day; progressing to fifth in a Warwick Farm minor over 1400m in his only other start prior to Wednesday’s triumph.
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