Chris Waller is likely to put colt D’Argento to test this Saturday. He is likely to parade the colt in (1400m) Group 2 stakes whose prize money is $400,000. The race will be held at Rosehill garden. The colt is a former champion and has not been beaten in the last 3 starts. In his last start, he beat Shumookh to the second position in the Group two light fingers stakes.
D’Argento had an impressive first-up win on 20th January at Randwick. Waller said that the horse is improving with every run and is optimistic that he will be able to take on the top three-year-olds this Saturday. The colt will start at barrier 4 and will be saddled by an experienced Jockey Hugh Bowman. He will also be on a home track, so expectations are high that he will do well.
Waller believes that he will be out to extend his winning record in the Hobartville Stakes. He said that the colt has the speed for the 1400m race and will compete against Trapeze Artist who won the Golden Rose. Another horse that will take part in the race is Kemantari among others. However, Waller’s concern is that DÁrgento may be looking forward to 1600m Group 1 Randwick Guineas. Nevertheless, he has been given a solid trial, and he will be ready for the Saturday’s race. Waller noted that if he emerges among the top 3, he will let him contest the Randwick Guineas.
D’Argento made his debut in the provincials, and since then he has been growing stronger and stronger. Waller has been teaching him racing manners and is now ready to compete. He is certainly a Randwick Guineas contender. Meanwhile, Waller has pointed out that he is considering having Kaonic contest the 1500m race at Rosehill before going to join D’Argento at Randwick Guineas. Elsewhere, Waller’s Zousain who is only two years old who has 60/40 chance of contesting the Silver Slipper Stakes ($250,000). The 1100m race will be held at Rosehill, and the colt will start from barrier seven. A week after this, he will run in the over 1200m. However, Waller has noted that it could be a lot for him and could put him under a lot of pressure. He said that he is not ready to put the colt under such pressure at the moment. He further said that it is still too early and so he would rather wait than subject him to unnecessary pressure.