Tulloch Lodge will ramp up their Brisbane Winter Carnival assault this week with talented two-year-old Converge and emerging filly Splendiferous both taking important steps towards respective Group 1 targets.
Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have the Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes in their crosshairs for Converge, which has been off the scene since his third placing in the Champagne Stakes at Randwick last month.
Converge was the standout performer of the morning at Wyong barrier trials on Monday as he prepares to run in next week’s Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes en route to the JJ Atkins.
The son of Frankel shot clear in his 845m heat to score comfortably by 8-1/4 lengths in a slick time of 50.36 seconds (last 600m in 35.13).
"Clark shakes the reins, with 100m to go he explodes away."
Group 1 placed 2yo Converge puts 8-1/4 lengths on his unraced rivals to win a @WyongRaceClub trial on Monday downing Self Assertive and Oronoco. @[email protected]@clarkyhkpic.twitter.com/rKusD2ZqC8
The strong performance saw Bott give the Listed winner the green light for a trip to Eagle Farm on Saturday week for a tilt at the $1 million Sires’.
“He needed the trial to keep him up to the mark,” Bott said.
“Obviously he was going up there with a fitness and race experience edge on his opposition so you would hope he could trial like that.
“I was happy with the way he went about it all and it was good to give him a trip away again on the course proper for a solid hit out.
“That’s what we wanted from him and it’s all systems go now for a trip up to Brisbane.”
Trainer Adrian Bott. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Converge is on the second line of TAB fixed odds betting at $9 for the Sires’ while he is a $15 chance for the JJ Atkins Stakes two weeks later.
Meanwhile, the stable’s leading Queensland Oaks contender Splendiferous will get the chance to show her Group 1 credentials this Saturday when she lines up in the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) at Doomben.
The Pride Of Dubai filly has put together a hat-trick of wins this preparation and is an $8 chance in ‘all in’ betting for The Roses.
“She is jumping up from the 1400m from her win at Wagga but she has given us every indication she will stay and this will see if she is up for an Oaks,” Bott said.
Stablemate Nothinsweetaboutme has also been nominated for The Roses but will head to Ipswich on Thursday instead for a 2210m three-year-old handicap.
“She needs to go there and win to warrant being set on an Oaks path,” Bott confirmed.
Splendiferous is $11 for The Oaks while Nothinsweetaboutme is $26.
Originally published asWaterhouse-Bott Converge on Brisbane Group 1s
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