John Thompson has a job that few people would envy this season, he’s been tasked with bringing down the dominance of Darley almost singlehandedly.
It’s a tough ask given the dominance they had last season, nowhere more so than in the three year old ranks as Darley’s juvenile’s appear to have all come back in top shape.
That’s what he” be trying to do tomorrow at Warwick Farm though with three horses across two black type three year old events.
The first is the Furious stakes, a fillies event with a final field of 10 expected to line up.
Unsurprisingly it’s Peter Snowden with the biggest representation in the race, he has three runners whilst Thompson has just the one.
It’s a good one to have though at least, Pane In The Glass arguably the most impressive non-Darley two year old of last season.
She comes into this after winning her first run of the season where she accounted for a fair few of the same horses she’s meets tomorrow.
“I thought she was a little bit vulnerable first up fitness wise…she’ll take improved fitness from that and come on well,” he said.
He says his biggest danger looms as the Snowden trained Anise which come sin off a second placing against the colts in her last start.
“You’ve got to respect Anise coming into the race,” he said.
Pane In The Glass will jump from gate one in the event and Thompson says he expects her to settle somewhere in the middle of the pack.
Once they round the bend though he says there’s no reason she won’t be in the picture at the death.
“She’s never missed a place and I’ll be expecting that to continue tomorrow,” he said.
The other three year old race in the Ming Dynasty Handicap, a race where Thompson has the two entries however probably not yet quite at the same standard.
Win For Wilson and Boys On Tour will be the Patinack Farm reps in this race and the one bonus is that Snowden only has the single entry, the relatively unknown Ambidexter.
That being said there’s plenty of other talent in the field and both of Thompson’s horses will need to improve to be a realistic chance.
Win For Wilson will go forward and make his own luck, he’ll be better back on the dry surface and the Sydney way of going,” he said.
Boys On Tour is probably the one coming off that good colt form coming back a level (against Foxwedge) this brings him right into the race.”