The Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick is back on the agenda for Kiwi star Sword Of State next month.
A week after declaring the Jamie Richards-trained two-year-old would be remaining in NZ, Te Akau Racing has put the 1400m feature in their crosshairs again.
The one-time Sires’ favourite had been set to line up in Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce this weekend until connections elected to bypass the race due to a predicted wet track.
Ironically that was also the reasoning behind the decision to remain in New Zealand when wet weather had been forecast in Sydney earlier this month.
But Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis says they are now ready to pull the trigger on a trip across the Tasman to line up at Randwick on day one of The Championships on April 10.
“He will come to Sydney next Monday and then run in the Sires,” Ellis, said.
“It probably will be just a run in the Sires’ and then he will head for a spell before we look to run him again in Sydney in the spring. Then we will look at Melbourne.”
The news that Sword Of State will now come to Australia saw the colt quickly cannonball into a $6 second elect in Sires’ betting with TAB.com.au with Godolphin’s Anamoe at $2.80.
The Sires’ has opened up following last Saturday’s Golden Slipper with several contenders electing to bypass the race.
Slipper winner Stay Inside and Blue Diamond victor Artorius have both been sent to the paddock and are out of contention.
Sword Of State burst into contention for the Sires’ following a dominant victory in Group 1 Sistema Stakes at Ellerslie on March 13.
Ellis also confirmed Sword Of State won’t progress onto the Champagne Stakes after the Sires’.
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Originally published asSires’ Sword fight back on for star NZ juvenile
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