Darby hoping Every Rose can bloom at Wyong on way to Magic Millions
This week promises to showcase the juvenile stocks of Darby Racing, with a trio of potential autumn carnival horses secured by the syndicator set at three different racecourses headed by Magic MIllions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) favourite Every Rose (Choisir).
The Gimcrack Stakes (Gr 3, 1000m) winner, who is trained by Mark Newnham, will contest Thursday’s Wyong Magic MIllions 2YO Classic (RL, 1100m) while two colts are set to run at Randwick and Kembla Grange respectively.
Scott Darby revealed yesterday that the Newnham-trained Codebreaker (Exceed And Excel) would kick off his racing career in a twoyear-old maiden at Kembla Grange while recent Ready2Race purchase Already Blessed (Better Than Ready) will start in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (RL, 1000m).
Every Rose, the early season pin-up for Darby Racing, heads to Thursday’s $200,000 Wyong race after winning a 735-metre Randwick barrier trial on November 26.
“She did a good job in her first prep. It is pretty hard for all those horses, but with a short let-up, she has got good residual fitness,” Darby told ANZ Bloodstock News. “She didn’t have a long time out - only a few weeks - and although she will improve, she is in very good order. Her gallops have been very strong and her trial was excellent.”
The Wyong race is likely to be her only start before the Magic Millions on January 11, with the B J McLachlan Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Eagle Farm on January 28 pencilled in as a back-up option if the filly shows that she needs another hit out.
“Mark’s intention was to go straight from that run into the grand final, depending on how she comes out of that run, as we also want to keep plenty up the sleeve for the Slipper as well,” he said.
Rachel King will ride Every Rose on Thursday as regular jockey Josh Parr saved from the task of making the 54.5 kilograms, but he will be back on board for the Magic Millions.
Newnham and Darby Racing also have Codebreaker nominated for the lucrative Gold Coast race, but it is likely that the highly rated colt will be given a break after his Kembla Grange assignment.