Kermadec will be having just the fourth start of his racing career in the 2015 Eskimo Prince Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, but trainer Chris Waller is confident that the promising colt is good enough to contest either the Group 1 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) or Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) this preparation.
Kermadec stamped himself as a horse to watch when he scored a narrow win in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 1 and Waller has been happy with the way that the Teofilo colt ahead of his autumn campaign after he finished fifth in two barrier trials at Royal Randwick on January 15 and Warwick Farm on January 27.
Waller is unsure whether Kermadec is a winning chance in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) and said that he just wants to see the three-year-old hit the line strongly before she steps up in trip for the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 21 and either the Royal Randwick Guineas or Australian Guineas on March 7.
“Kermadec has come back well and he galloped nicely on Monday morning, indicating that he still has a bit of speed there,” Waller said.
“Race experience is the key for him and he just needs to get a bit more before he hopefully takes on the Randwick or Australian Guineas third-up from a spell, which would be his sixth career start.
“They could be a bit sharp for them, but as long as he is attacking the line and showing he has come back well then I will be more than happy.”
Kermadec made his racing debut with a fast-finishing victory in the Mossman At Vinery Plate (1400m) at Warwick Farm on September 28 and he hit the line strongly after missing the start in the City Tatts Inglis Bonus (1600m) at Royal Randwick on October 18, but was unable to catch Gai Waterhouse-trained Muscovado.
Waller elected to send Kermadec to Melbourne for the Carbine Club Stakes and the three-year-old once again showed an impressive turn-of-foot to finish over the top of Stratum Star to record a maiden black type win.
Kermadec is currently available at 2015 Eskimo Prince Stakes odds of $6.50, while Scissor Kick ($4.20), Inz’N’Out ($4.2), Delectation ($4.40) and Harrier Jet ($4.40) are all locked in a battle for favouritism with Ladbrokes Australia.