Golden Slipper winner Capitalist showed that he was on track for a return to the race track in the Group 2 $175,000 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 6 after scoring a brilliant barrier trial win at Randwick today.
Capitalist was making his first public appearance since scoring an electrifying win in the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 19 and appeared to come back better than ever.
Kerrin McEvoy settled Capitalist just behind the leaders in the 850m trial on the Kensington track and the Written Tycoon colt was keen to go faster coming to the home turn and once McEvoy got the colt into the clear, he strode away to record an impressive win.
Co-trainers Peter and Paul Snowden have selected the weight for age Missile Stakes as Capitalist’s Spring Carnival pipe opener.
“Possibly has another trial and then possibly he’ll run in the Missile Stakes on the sixth of August,” Peter Snowden told AAP.
“He had five or six weeks off and he’s been in work about two-and-a-half months. So far, touch wood, everything is going fine.
“I’m happy with his work and his attitude is good. All is good.”
Snowden doesn’t want to commit to a set Spring Carnival program at this stage but the Group 1 $1m Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 10 and the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 29 are high on the agenda.
“We’ll just go one race at a time. The Coolmore is definitely on the radar. That’s the ultimate goal,” Snowden said.
“He’ll probably have a three-race preparation, then a short break, and then come back again for the end of the carnival. When you’ve got them up and racing in August, it’s a long time until November.
“I’d say he’ll have three runs and then a short break and then come back and have one lead-up into the Coolmore, or something like that.”
“The Missile is his first run and then maybe the Run To The Rose. We’ll just take one race at a time.”
Capitalist has won four of his five race starts, including the $2m Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast in January and was sent for a spell after winning the Golden Slipper.
The brilliant two year old’s other victories were a debut win in the Listed $150,000 Newgate Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at Randwick on October last year and a win in the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1100m) at Wyong in December 17.