Trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace will decide in the coming days whether to add smart colt Amish Boy to their line-up for Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington.
Maher and Eustace will run Jet Propulsion and possibly Caulfield Guineas placegetter Grandslam in the $1 million contest.
Maher said the stable had a decision to make on Amish Boy taking his place at Flemington.
Amish Boy chased well when a first-up second in the quickly run Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield earlier this month but was scratched from last Saturday’s Futurity Stakes.
“He had a slightly elevated temperature,” Maher said. “He came pretty right pretty quickly.
“He could possibly run next week.”
Maher said a key part of the decision would rest on whether the stable believed Amish Boy could see out the 1600m at Flemington.
The son of Star Witness finished almost four lengths from the winner Ole Kirk when sixth in the Caulfield Guineas last spring at his only 1600m run.
Amish Boy (blue & green silks) defeated smart colt Glenfiddich for his only win in Adelaide in 2020. Photo: Sahra Reed.Source:News Corp Australia
“Maybe he could run in the Guineas but I’m not sure whether he runs a solid mile yet,” Maher said.
Amish Boy and Jet Propulsion are both $26 chances in the latest Australian Guineas betting. Maher said Jet Propulsion would go into the race in good order after his first-up fourth at Caulfield.
“He was always going to need a run so he’s come up pretty well,” Maher said.
Meanwhile, Maher said he and Eustace were still working out their plans with Sir Dragonet, who headed to The Valley for a gallop on Monday morning.
Maher and Eustace were forced into a rethink of the Cox Plate winner’s autumn campaign after his dour seventh when resuming in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes on February 6.
Sir Dragonet worked alongside stablemates Fanciful Toff and Southern France in The Valley gallop.
“We’re still weighing up whether it’s going to be the Australian Cup or All-Star Mile,” Maher said.
“He’s going to end up in Sydney but we’re just not sure when.”
Originally published asUp to three Guineas runners for Maher and Eustace
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