Schillaci Stakes An Option For Super One

Trainer Michael Freedman has confirmed that unbeaten colt Super One could make his Australian racing debut in the 2015 Schillaci Stakes.

Craig Newitt rode Super One in his first three race wins in Singapore. Photo by: Sarah Ebbett

Craig Newitt rode Super One in his first three race wins in Singapore. Photo by: Sarah Ebbett

Freedman confirmed after Super One took out the Group 3 Juvenile Championship (1200m) in dominant fashion at Kranji on July 26 that the I Am Invincible colt would make the trip to Australia for the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, but he told the Singapore Turf Club that the three-year-old could have a lead-up run in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) that will be held at Caulfield on October 10.

“He is still leaving here on September 26,” Freedman said.

“The Coolmore Stud Stakes (October 31) is his main target but I may now opt for a lead-up run in the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield.

“It’s a weight-for-age Group 2 race which has been increased from 1000m to 1100m and will be run on October 10, which happens to be the Caulfield Guineas day.

“Then if all goes well, it will be on to the Coolmore and whether he stays for the autumn, we’ll see how he goes.

“I will probably give him a barrier trial here one week before he enters quarantine, which will be on September 10, 16 days before he departs.”

Lee Freedman indicated earlier this month that Super One would join his stable when he makes the trip to Australia and likely remain there for the rest of his racing career in an attempt to enhance his value as a stallion, but those plans could change now that a 50 percent share of the colt has been acquired by Yarraman Park and Newgate Farm.

Freedman said that he is unsure exactly what the 50 percent sale means for the future of Super One, but he is hopeful that the three-year-old can prove that he is worthy of continuing his racing career in Australia.

“That is what has transpired and I myself don’t really know the details of that private deal,” Freedman said.

“Obviously, it would be sad to lose such a good horse, but at the same time if he stays in Australia that is the whole point of sending him there.

“It would mean he was a success there and that’s what you want to see in a stallion prospect during his racing days.”

Super One made his racing debut with a three and a half lengths victory in the Make Your Own Magic Stakes (1100m) at Kranji on April 12 and he took out the IRT Juvenile Stakes (1200m) in very comfortable fashion before he made his debut at Group level with a very easy win in the Group 2 Golden Horseshoe (1200m) on May 15 and completed his unbeaten season in the Juvenile Championship.

Australian jockey Craig Newitt rode Super One in his first three race starts in Singapore, but a jockey is yet to be booked to ride the colt in either the Schillaci Stakes or the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

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