Sydney Cup fancy Permit has the chance to challenge Americain for favouritism with another win at Randwick tomorrow in the Group 2 $175,000 Schweppes Chairman’s Quality (2600m) .
The Chris Waller trained five year old stormed into Sydney Cup calculations with a barnstorming finish down the middle of the track in taking out the Listed $100,000 Ambassador Travel NE Manion Cup at Rosehill on March 31.
Waller is very keen on Permit’s chances tomorrow and is looking forward to progressing to the Group 1 $500,000 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on April 28.
“Everything looks in order for him,” Waller said.
“He is on the limit weight, it’s the right distance and he seems very versatile in terms of handling various track conditions.”
“He seems a very bulletproof horse so I’m thoroughly looking forward to tomorrow.”
“It is another step for him and it will be a good pointer towards the Sydney Cup.”
Permit has struck form at the right time and put the writing on the wall with a tidy third to Maules Creek in the Listed $100,000 Turnpoint Randwick City Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on March 17 before his last start win.
“We’ve had the Sydney Cup in mind as soon as he started showing some form,” Waller said.
“He has stayed on track, every race has been a good one and his confidence seems to have grown.”
Corey Brown climbs back aboard replacing Hugh Bowman who won on the five year old at Rosehill last start.
Permit is currently the $2.80 favourite for the Chairman’s Quality ahead of the Gai Waterhouse pair of Once Were Wild ($7) and Older Than Time ($7.50).
The David Hayes trained Americain heads the Sydney Cup list at $3.50 ahead of Niwot at $4.20 with Permit closing in at $4.60.