John Sargent chasing a Randwick Group 1 double with Four Moves Ahead and Favreau

John Sargent has been a great trainer for many years but he can do something he’s never done before at Randwick on Saturday.

The New Zealander can win two Group 1s on the same day.

“It would be great, I haven’t done it before but I’ve got the right horses to do it,” Sargent said.

Four Moves Ahead is Sargent’s best hope in the $1 million Inglis Sires (1400m).

She was one of the more favoured horses heading into the Golden Slipper two weeks ago but couldn’t match it with Stay Inside.

She still ran a gallant fourth that day but she went into the race off a setback.

This time she’s in a much better position to peak and is rated a $5 chance behind $2.25 favourite Anamore.

Classy filly Four Moves Ahead has improved since her gallant fourth in the Golden Slipper two weeks ago. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

She was just half run behind heading into the Slipper.

“I think that was the case. She was well going into the Slipper but I think she’ll be even fitter off a two-week back up and we haven’t missed a day,” Sargent said.

“A month between runs was against her in the end but she’s tighten up a lot and worked well on Tuesday with Tim Clark.”

New rider Clark will be able to give the Snitzel filly the perfect run in transit from barrier two and Sargent said if she runs well and the owners agree, she could go on to the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) later in the month.

“That’s a good thing (barrier two) and she’ll be on the speed and right in the race,” Sargent said.

“She’s bred to get a mile so she should go to sleep in this race and the best horse will win this one.

“I’d say she’s my best chance because she’ll take luck out of the equation.”

John Sargent is hoping for a genuine tempo for his ATC Australian Derby hopeful, Favreau. Picture: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

Favreau is Sargent’s hope in the $2 million ATC Derby (2400m) and he’s hoping it will be a completely different race than the one dished up in last weekend’s Tulloch Stakes when his three-year-old ran fourth to Yaletown.

“He’ll go back and hopefully it’s a tough run over the 2400m which suits him because he’s bred to get the trip,” Sargent said.

“Looking at him this week, I think he’s improved of that run on Saturday when they didn’t go hard enough and it was more of a walk and sprint.

“He’ll be right in it on Saturday as long as he gets a genuinely run race. Once you get over 2000m and further a different horse can win it.”

Unlike his stablemate, Favreau has drawn wide in barrier 16 and it’s not a long run to the first turn from the Randwick 2400m start.

It’s why he’s a $14 chance behind the well-supported $3.60 hope and two-time Group 1 winner Montefilia.

But Sargent is a master of training young stayers and is banking on his jockey to give Favreau every chance.

“I’ll need a lot of luck in the Derby from the draw. We’ll have to go back and see what happens. We’ve got the right rider on to do the job though in Tommy Berry,” he said.

“A softer track might suit him too with his breeding.

“I still think the horse to beat will be the filly, Montefilia, and it shows in the betting.”

Originally published asSargent stays move Ahead in bid for Group 1 double

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