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John Sargent’s promising pair primed to salute at Randwick

John Sargent hopes to have two runners in next week’s ATC Australian Oaks. Picture: Colle

John Sargent hopes to have two runners in next week’s ATC Australian Oaks. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

JOHN Sargent has won fillies classics with Quintessential, Kirramosa and Miss Mossman and he has designs on another with Thunder Lady and Gust Of Wind.

Thunder Lady is already on track for next week’s $1 million ATC Australian Oaks and Gust Of Wind can join her with a good performance in the Group 3 $200,000 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

“Gust Of Wind’s a big Darci Brahma filly that will be suited over an Oaks trip,” Sargent said. “This race will give us a good line as to where she’s at. She’s a real New Zealand staying type that’s been working with Thunder Lady and holding her own.”

Gust Of Wind worked on Tuesday over 1400m running 1:38.2 for the trip and did it within herself. She reeled off her last 600m in 38s showing there’s still a bit of zip in her after two runs back from a spell.

The filly produced a big effort to win first-up in a maiden at Scone when she was in an impossible position to win. She backed that up with a tough win over the mile at Hawkesbury where she powered through the line.

Thunder Lady is on track for the ATC Australian Oaks. Picture: Colleen Petch

Thunder Lady is on track for the ATC Australian Oaks. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

“Don’t worry about the trip with her she’ll put the head down and just lope along,” Sargent said.

“She has that long loping action that you see in good stayers. I think her best distance will be 3200m and if she doesn’t measure up this weekend we’ll back off and go to Queensland for the Oaks.”

Omeros represents the stable in the Australian Derby as they aim to go one better than 2008 when Red Ruler finished second to Nom De Jeu. The son of High Chaparral finished a game second to co-Derby favourite Hauraki in last Saturday’s Tulloch Stakes.

“Omeros is a throw at the stumps. He’s done very well since his run the other day,” Sargent said. “The horse has plenty of talent but needs time to furnish and will go for a spell after this. I think the step up to 2400m will suit.”.

Despite the trainer conceding Omeros will benefit from time in the paddock, he says the horse continues to improve each week and is poised to run the race of his career with Joao Moreira in the saddle.

“He’s run well in a major lead-up. It’s a $2 million race on your doorstep and you’ve got the best rider in the world booked — hard not to be pumped.”

Originally published as Sargent’s promising pair primed to salute

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Posted April 2, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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