Baker Adamant Emerging Emperor's Reign Will Come
Trainer Bjorn Baker is an unabashed fan of up and coming three-year-old Ocean Emperor and is happy to predict he has a rosy future.
But he admits he’s asking a bit of the Written Tycoon gelding at his fourth start to take on the Listed $200,000 AMD Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Ocean Emperor has won two of his three starts, including a win over older horses first-up at Wyong, so Baker is happy enough to test the water.
“There’s no doubt we are throwing him in the deep end on Saturday,’’ he said.
“The top two on benchmark ratings are standouts but he is well and he had a soft trial after his win, he has a good gate and Jason (Collett) is riding so well.
“I think he will get to this level but whether he is quite ready for it is the big question mark.”
Baker knows something about the Written Tycoon progeny – the trainer’s first solo Group 1 winner Music Magnate and his boom sprinter Winning Rupert were both sons of that stallion.
So what is it about Ocean Emperor that has Baker so enamoured?
“He has a lovely big stride, I think he is the type of Written Tycoon that is going to continue to get better with time,’’ he said.
“He still has a fairly big frame and still has to fill out into it but he has a great attitude.”
The gelding was an $8.50 chance with TAB in the Crowley on Thursday with another emerging sprinter in The Bopper at the top of the market ($3.10) and Baker said his horse can take advantage of a favourable draw.
“We’ll leave it up to Jason and see how he jumps, he has tactical speed but eventually I think he will be better just relaxing and switching off,’’ he said.
The Warwick Farm trainer has refocused Positive Peace’s preparation after a failure in the Angst Stakes over a mile two weeks ago.