Trainer Chris Waller has revealed that exciting three-year-old Comin’ Through has taken plenty of benefit from his time away from racing, and will be geared towards major Group 1 targets during the forthcoming Autumn Carnival.
A half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Criterion, Comin’ Through stormed onto the Australian racing scene via a short but impressive debut campaign during the recent Spring Carnival; peaking with an impressive black type win in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) on October 29th.
Waller told Racing Ahead that the Fastnet Rock colt has grown in size and strength during his time in the paddock and is less than a fortnight away from a barrier trial.
“He’s starting to develop a bit more,” Waller said.
“He’ll be on a path towards the Guineas has his third start, so he’s not far away from a trial, probably in about ten days’ time.
“He’s thickened-up nicely. He was quite a slighter-built three-year-old and we had to be very care not to put him under too much pressure too early, and we go away with it.
“He had a good preparation, it gave the horse a lot of confidence and it would be great to see him step up and be touted as a Group 1 horse, like his brother Criterion.”
Waller confirmed that one of the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) or Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) will figure as the major autumn target for Comin’ Through, but said that he will make a final decision on which option to take further into the horse’s preparation.
“It’s easier for us to race in Sydney, because when you travel horses there’s always an element of risk,” he said.
“Keeping in mind that Sydney is the main carnival, there’s other Group 1 races such as possibly the Doncaster.
“Having won at Flemington, it’s still an option and we won’t make a final decision probably until a few days before.”
Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Comin’ Through immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow with an impressive performance for success in the Ranvet’s Salkavite Maiden (1400m) on September 14th; running second in the Royal Randwick Fashions BM70 (1400m) in his only other start prior to the Carbine Club Stakes.