Lost in the TAB Everest prospects of the first two home in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes over 1000m at Randwick on the 5th, Gytrash and Nature Strip, was the dashing work late of Dirty Work to claim third.
On Saturday the Hawkes’ trained four-year-old Written Tycoon entire steps out in the $500,000, Group 2 Bowermans Commercial Furniture Shorts (1100m) at set weights and penalties at Randwick on Saturday with Dirty Work carrying 55kg under Tommy Berry.
This is down from the 57kg of the Concorde where Gytrash carried 60kg and Nature Strip 60.5kg, but a similar weight relief against the favourite for The Shorts, Godolphin’s Bivouac with 58kg. Dirty Work gets 2kg off other rivals on Saturday such as Classique Legend, Ball Of Muscle, Eduardo and Splintex with 57kg.
Dirty Work also has barrier five against Bivouac’s 12, plus the fitness from his Concorde race, making The Shorts a very winnable race for the stakes winner.
Further franking the Concorde third place was Dirty Work’s closing sectionals. Fifth at the 400m he covered the final 600m in 32.40, just 0.09 slower than the winner and Group 1 winner Gytrash.
TAB have Bivouac at $4.00 for The Shorts over Classique Legend at $4.80 and Dirty Work at $6.50. Their respective Everest market prices are $11.00, $11.00 and $26.00.
Bivouac, the winner of the Group 1 Golden Rose over 1400m last September and of the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200m at Flemington in February, stands over the field on ratings and should command the favourite’s status with two impressive trial wins leading into Saturday.
However, with barrier 12 he cannot allow those inside tracking stablemate’s Ball Of Muscle from eight and Eduardo from nine too much latitude. With Dirty Work showing his turn of foot in the Concorde a replication of that speed will make a wide and back passage difficult for chasers.
“He did plenty of work in the trial and has continued to build up for his return to racing,” said Godolphin’s trainer James Cummings of his four-year-old Exceed And Excel entire.
“This is a strong race, but he has not even taken a glance in the wrong direction.”
The outcome will be instructive for the future spring paths of all the field in The Shorts, treks to The Everest are possible, as are lower peaks elsewhere.
The Shorts is Race 7 at 3.55pm.
The Shorts test for Bivouac on Saturday, picture Quentinjlang.com