Randwick trainer John Thompson believes there are fruitful times ahead for the stable after his big guns performed up to his expectations in Friday’s set of Randwick barrier trials.
The star of the stable is George Ryder Stakes winner Dreamforce but it’s a few with a lesser profile that have the trainer up and about heading into the carnival.
The horse Thompson is predicting will improve the most this preparation is last year’s Golden Slipper placegetter Mamaragan.
The Wandjina four-year-old failed to trouble the scorer in six starts as a three-year-old but he’s caught the eye in two trials leading up to his return.
John Thompson. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
“Horses don’t lose their ability, they either lose their desire or its attitude,” Thompson said.
“He needed an attitude adjustment, so we gelded him, and the early indications are it’s worked.
“This time he’s been fantastic in his work and his trials have been really good.
“I just want to see how he does this week after the trial because there’s a benchmark 88 next Saturday.
“I’m considering dropping him back to that grade with a view to get him winning again.
“The other option is a race like the Show County where he’d get in with a light weight.
Another horse in the team that was below her best when last in work was smart mare Fituese.
Fituese winning a Randwick barrier trial last month. Picture: Mark Evans – Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The daughter of Deep Field has won both of her trials this time in and she kicks off her preparation in the Toy Show Quality (1100m) at Randwick on August 21.
“She was coming back last prep off a knee operation and the tracks were wet,” Thompson said. “Things just didn’t happen for her.
“A month off, she’s come back and this time, different horse, she’s thrived.
“Doing super and in for a great preparation.”
Another horse that races in the royal blue, white star with red cap colours of Prime Thoroughbred is the new season three-year-old filly Xtremetime.
John Thompson says Xtremetime is a “quality animal”. Picture: Mark Evans – Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The daughter of Extreme Choice, also the sire of Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside, also has been prepared for the spring with two trials.
“She’s a nice filly,” Thompson said. “She’ll go through that Princess series, kicking off in the Silver Shadow and she’ll be very competitive.
“She’s just a quality animal.”
Back to Dreamforce, which also trialled twice leading up to his return in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) on August 21.
Now a nine-year-old, the son of Fastnet Rock is coming up as well as ever according to his trainer.
“He just had another burn around in his trial and James (McDonald) said he felt great,” he said.
“He’s coming up well and will start off in the Winx Stakes before he goes to the Tramway to try to win it for the third straight year. That would be nice.
“He’s pretty straight forward, mainly the weight-for-age races and we don’t want a wet spring.”
Originally published asAll’s well heading into the spring for Thompson stable stars
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