Trainer Stephen Theodore will take an untraditional path into the Group 1 $1m Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 23 with top fancy Crack A Roadie.
And Theodore is also eyeing off the $2.4 million Inglis Triple Crown Bonus after winning the first leg, the $250,000 Inglis Banner (1000m) at Moonee Valley on October 27.
The Group 2 $220,000 Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on March 9 and the $400,000 Inglis Guineas for three year olds over 1400m to be run at Scone in April or May next year are the second and third legs of the bonus.
“$1.7 million goes to the owners and the rest to the trainer and jockey, so I’m happy to still be in it and in the situation we find ourselves right now,” Theodore said.
Blue Diamond winners traditionally come through the Blue Diamond Preview and Prelude races before the main event but Theodore has picked out the $250,000 2yo Inglis Premier (1200m) at Mornington on February 13 as the colt’s lead up.
“He’ll have a three-run preparation starting with the Inglis Premier on February 13, then the Blue Diamond before the Sires Produce,” Thoedore said.
2011 winner Sepoy won both the Preview and Prelude for the colts and geldings before taking out the Blue Diamond while last year’s winner Samaready won the fillies Prelude on her way to taking out the Group 1 for two year olds.
Craig Williams made the trip to Cranbourne yesterday morning to ride Crack A Roadie in a jump out and was happy with the progress of the Charge Forward two year old.
“I’m really happy with him. He’s looks physically a lot stronger after the break and he is full of himself as a colt, raring to go,” Williams said.
Theodore was equally as impressed as Williams with the hit out and is looking forward to a great Autumn with his colt.
“He won a jump-out here at Cranbourne yesterday very easily and showed us he was on track,” Theodore said.
“Craig Williams came down to ride him and he was thrilled with how he went.
“He said the horse felt terrific and we were in for a good prep.”
Williams has been aboard Crack A Roadie at his only two starts and as well as winning at Moonee Valley first up, the pair were narrowly beaten down the Flemington straight by Robbie Laing’s smart two year old Direct Charge in the Group 3 $150,000 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) on November 10.
Adelaide filly Miracles Of Life is currently the $7.50 Blue Diamond favourite and can hold onto the top spot if she runs well in the Listed $120,000 Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Preview for fillies over 1000m at Caulfield on Saturday while Crack A Roadie in on the third line of betting at $15 with the Peter Snowden trained Metastasio splitting the pair at $11.