The three-year-old’s test their credentials for spring racing with the $160,000, Group 3 The Luxury Network Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on Saturday, a race won by such breed shaping colts as Fastnet Rock in 2004 and Snitzel in 2005.
Recent renewals of the race have not produced winners with such illustrious careers as those two, but the 2011 winner Manawanui went forward to claim the Group 1 Golden Rose over 1400m and the 2016 winner Divine Prophet won the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas over 1600m.
On Saturday the market seems fixed on the Shamus Award colt True Detective as the winner with the Chris Waller trained runner backed with TAB from $3.60m into $2.50 with stablemate Lucicello next at $5.00 after opening at $6.00.
Certainly True Detective is back in Good ground on which he won his debut over 1100m at Rosehill in February. His last two starts have been on Heavy 8’s and he was second on both occasions, so his supporters are hopeful the improved conditions will suit. James McDonald rides with barrier three.
While the support is evident for True Detective to find the solution of the Up And Coming, the opposite is the case for other runners in the ten strong field.
Last start winner Mandela is at $12.00 after opening at $8.00, Avon River has drifted from $15.00 out to $23.00, Deference is $11.00 out to $19.00 and Famous is $8.00 out to $13.00.
Bjorn Baker’s Edison opened at $11.00 and drifted to $19.00 and is back to $18.00 on Friday afternoon with $4.20 available for the place.
The Fastnet Rock colt is yet to race on a Good track, Randwick is rated a Good 4 on Friday after 3mm of irrigation during the day, with his last start a third behind Mandela and Art Collection over 1200m on a Heavy 8 at Randwick on August 3rd.
That was his second race start and he was sent forward from barrier six by Kerrin McEvoy and raced in second through to the 400m before being narrowly overrun.
The colt is a Highclere syndicated runner as the UK based syndicator ventures further into Australian racing with yearling purchases to go with the tried runners from the UK. Success would be a solid marker for Highclere and the ownership group which includes ATC Director Julie Ritchie’s Bangalore Stud and John Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds.
How Edison and the rest of the field handle the Course Proper on Saturday will be instructive to the rest of their spring racing. Should Edison’s ability shines brightly on the track his market price might be attractive.
The Up And Coming Stakes is Race 3 at 1.15pm.
Edison on the inside of Art Collection and Mandela, picture Sportpix.com.au