Kiwi talent Aegon will arrive in Sydney on Monday night as the unbeaten gelding prepares to go toe-to-toe with Australia’s best for the first time in Saturday’s Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill.
Trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman are sending their emerging talent across the Tasman with talented campaigners Quick Thinker and The Chosen One.
Aegon boasts an unbeaten record of four wins from four starts in New Zealand including a last start triumph in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic at Ellerslie last month.
Trainer Murray Baker. Photo: AAP Image/Vince CaligiuriSource:AAP
He has opened as the $3.50 favourite with TAB.com.au to continue his winning run on Australian shores in Saturday’s $400,000 feature for three-year-olds.
Co-trainer Forsman felt Aegon was ready to make the leap across the Tasman but was under no illusions about the challenge ahead for his stable’s classy campaigner.
“It‘s the benchmark over there and what you aspire to go over to when you have a promising horse here,” he said.
“We saw what happen to a couple of Kiwi three-year-olds which went over last weekend and it didn't quite work out.
“It shows how tough it can be but hopefully he settles over there and will run well.
“We are really happy with him.”
Baker and Forsman plan to follow a Classics path with Aegon and run the son of Sacred Falls in the Randwick Guineas (March 6) and Rosehill Guineas (March 20).
The stable will then decide between running Aegon in the Australian Derby or Doncaster Mile, all being well.
The Chosen One ran in NZ on Saturday. Photo: AAP Image/Simon BullardSource:AAP
Meanwhile, The Chosen One and Quick Thinker are both set to be aimed at high honours again this autumn with the former set to target the Sydney Cup.
The Chosen One will board the same flight to Sydney on Monday evening just over 48 hours after running second in the Group 3 Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa on the weekend.
“He has pulled up super,” Forsman said.
“He has had a quiet canter and looks to be doing well.
“I thought that might have stung him first-up over 2000m but he‘s come through the run well.”
Quick Thinker has been nominated for Saturday’s James Ruse Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill and holds nominations for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Sydney Cup later this autumn.
TAB.com.au has listed The Chosen One as $15 equal favourite for the Sydney Cup while Quick Thinker is $51 and is also the same price in the Queen Elizabeth.
The son of So You Think returns to Sydney after winning the Group 1 Australian Derby last year.
Originally published asAegon ready to go for Hobartville assault
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