Trainer Desleigh Forster has confirmed that promising colt Too Good To Refuse will make the trip to Sydney for the 2016 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Too Good To Refuse stamped himself as a horse to follow he recorded two impressive wins at Doomben on September 5 and September 19 last year before he finished a credible fifth behind Vanbrugh in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on October 10.
The Rothesay colt returned to the races in the Coastline BMW Handicap (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast on January 16 and he made up plenty of ground before hr produced a similar performance against the pattern of the day in the BRC Membership Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on January 30.
Forster was happy with the way that Too Good To Refuse found the line in her past two starts and she is hopeful that jockey Robbie Fradd will be able to settle the three-year-old closer to the speed in the Hobartville Stakes this weekend.
“He made up plenty of ground,” Forster said.
“At the moment Doomben is racing a little bit bias towards leaders.
“He drew a bad gate and he had a big weight, so we just elected to go back and just ride him for luck.
“Robbie was quite kind to him as well.
“He is pretty bombproof and as long as he draws an alley he will put himself there and be box seat.
“He has a very explosive turn-of-foot at the end of his races.”
Too Good To Refuse was far from disgraced when he contested the Spring Champion Stakes over 2000 metres during the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival, but Forster is keen to keep him to a mile this preparation and races like the Group 1 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Randwick on March 5 and Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) could be on the agenda for the colt if he performs well in the Hobartville Stakes this weekend.
“We will just keep him to a mile,” Forster said.
“I think that he is a bit too brilliant and he has that brilliant turn-of-foot, so when you step him up to 2000 if not further it takes his brilliance away from him.”
The 2016 Hobartville Stakes field will be released tomorrow and Too Good To Refuse is set to take on the likes of Press Statement, Vanbrugh, Wolf Cry, Shards, Spill The Beans and Montaigne.