Warwick Farm preview: Trainer John O’Shea wary of inside barrier for Promise Of Success

Most trainers would take barrier one any day of the week however John O’Shea is not sure the way it will influence the possibilities of Promise Of Success within the Sky Racing Handicap (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Promise Of Success, who was bred in England the place she started her profession with 4 winless begins, is defending an ideal Australian race document after profitable impressively on debut at this observe earlier this month.

But O’Shea identified that Promise Of Success is a mare with an enormous stride and he or she appreciated attending to the surface the place she produced a robust ending surge final begin.

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“I don’t know whether barrier one is to her advantage,” O’Shea mentioned. “She doesn’t usually step that well so she might get cluttered up.

“But she’s a nice mare and needs to go to the races so she will have a ‘burn’ around.”

Promise Of Success is the $2.20 favorite to win the Warwick Farm nearer. Her primary rival Ibaraki ($4.40) has drawn the intense exterior gate however his possibilities have been given a lift with 4 early scratchings which suggests the three-year-old will come out of barrier 12.

The Team Hawkes-trained Ibaraki additionally created a giant impression scoring on debut at Canterbury and he has in-form jockey Brenton Avdulla to assist negate the huge barrier.

O’Shea’s additionally optimistic concerning the debut of juvenile I Am Lethal within the Harry Angel At Darley Handicap (1100m).

I Am Lethal is a wonderfully bred colt by champion sire I Am Invincible out of Steps In Time, a superb sprinter O’Shea skilled to win quite a few stakes races.

“Steps In Time was a really good mare and she has produced a very nice horse who can hopefully live up to the hype,” O’Shea mentioned.

I Am Lethal, bought for $250,000 on the Magic Millions Sale, has received two barrier trials at Gosford and Randwick in current weeks.

O’Shea mentioned I Am Lethal’s late season debut was a deliberate tactic. “We have taken our time with him, he’s only a two-year-old and is probably ahead of schedule to be fair,” he mentioned.

Warwick Farm, Race 5, winner #9 Steps in time, jockey Jim Cassidy, trainer John O'Shea. Saturday 18th February, 2012. Pic: Mitch Cameron.
Camera IconI Am Lethal is a son of John O’Shea’s former sensible mare Steps In Time (pictured). Credit: News Limited

“But he’s a nice horse, we have thought quite highly of him all along.

“We had him down to have his debut on the ‘Kenso’ (Kensington) but they moved the meeting to Warwick Farm so we will take him there for his first start.”

I Am Lethal has drawn out huge in barrier 11 which O’Shea admitted was not superb earlier than confirming plans to begin the colt.

In in a single day TAB Fixed Odds betting, I Am Lethal is at $6.50 in an open race the place Clemenceau and Dragonstone are early favourites at $5.

The Team Snowden-trained King Of Sparta can be outstanding in early betting at $5.50 and he has race expertise on his aspect going to Warwick Farm.

King Of Sparta has had 4 begins this season and though he’s nonetheless chasing his first race win, the gelding has run properly in very robust grade together with his final begin fourth within the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes at Royal Randwick throughout The Championships.

Meanwhile, O’Shea confirmed increase sprinter Lost And Running returned to his Randwick stables earlier this week to start preparations for the $15 million The TAB Everest through the spring carnival.

Lost And Running, winner of six of his seven begins together with the Listed Luskin Star Stakes final month, was chosen by slot-holder TAB to contest The Everest at Royal Randwick on October 16.


Trainer Annabel Neasham is feeling extra stress than ordinary forward of Regal Pom’s debut within the Harry Angel At Darley Handicap (1100m) at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Neasham revealed her mother and father, Steve and Patricia, and brothers Alexander and Oliver are among the many homeowners of first-starter Regal Pom.

“I gave my family shares in Regal Pom as a Christmas present so I’m feeling the pressure a bit,” Neasham mentioned.

“With Covid, I haven’t been back to England to see my family for two years but they enjoy getting my audio updates about their horse.

“My brothers don’t mind a bit of banter and take the mickey out of me. They might say it is a good idea to scratch from a wide gate even though they have no idea what they are talking about!”

But Neasham has been telling her household and the opposite part-owners within the syndicate that Regal Pom has his share of potential.

Annabel Neasham is looking forward to Regal Pom making his debut at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. Photo: Grant Guy
Camera IconAnnabel Neasham is wanting ahead to Regal Pom making his debut at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. Photo: Grant Guy Credit: The Daily Telegraph

Regal Pom, a bay colt by Press Statement, confirmed Neasham he was able to go to the races when he ran on properly for fifth in a current Randwick barrier trial.

Neasham had Regal Pom entered for Gosford on Tuesday however determined to attend 24 hours and provides the two-year-old a home-track race debut.

“Regal Pom’s only had the one trial this preparation but I thought he was quite solid to the line,” Neasham mentioned.

“I just felt we didn’t need to trial him again so he is going straight to the races.”

Finally, what’s the story behind the naming of Regal Pom?

“We wanted The Editor but it got rejected,” Neasham revealed.

“Then the next highest vote for the name was Regal Pom which suits the horse because there are a few Poms in the ownership.”

Regal Pom, who shall be ridden by 2kg-claiming apprentice Louise Day, is rated at beneficiant odds of $26 in newest betting. 

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