Alamosa filly Kirramosa got the ball rolling at last week’s Newcastle meeting and will back up in the Listed Reginald Allen Quality at Rosehill on Saturday. Other promising signs came last weekend from Sargent’s former Group One-winning two-year-old Choice Bro, with a solid third in Group Three company at Randwick, and Quintessential, who continued her Caulfield Cup preparation with a sound fifth in the Naturalism Stakes in Melbourne.
“We’ve been in our Randwick yard for just over a month now and things haven’t taken long to fall into place,” said Sargent, who made the decision a year ago to set up a stable in Sydney, while maintaining his Matamata operation. After spending the first 12 months based at Warwick Farm, he grabbed the opportunity to relocate to Randwick when offered 25 boxes by the Australian Turf Club at Sydney’s major training centre.
“That was a good effort by Kirramosa against some handy opposition at Newcastle. She has gone on it with since and the Rosehill race should suit her.”
Kirramosa, the first Australian winner for last season’s leading freshman sire Alamosa, won once for Sargent in New Zealand before finishing fourth in the Gr. 1 The Oaks Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes.
Choice Bro, the winner of that same juvenile feature two years earlier, made an overdue return to form with a dogged finish into third in Gr. 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap over 1400 metres at Randwick last Saturday. Now a gelding, the chestnut is likely to run next in a Rating 90 1600-metre event worth A$100,000 at Randwick on October 12.
“He was well beaten in his first-up run, which had me mystified as he had been working so well,” Sargent said. “It turned out that he had choked down, so we put a tongue-tie on and he’s a different horse.”
Sargent was at Caulfield on Saturday for Quintessential’s second-up run in the Gr. 3 Naturalism Stakes and he headed back to Sydney satisfied that her fifth placing had her on target for upcoming features.
“They walked and sprinted, which wouldn’t have suited her, so I was very happy the way she rounded it off. She’ll run next in the Turnbull Stakes and all going well the Caulfield Cup after that.”
Back on the home front, Sargent also took great heart from the third placing by Fascination Street in the Gr. 3 Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings. That was the first black-type result for the stable since Sargent had taken on long-time foreman Hayden Allen as his training partner.
“She hadn’t raced for seven weeks and we only decided to run her when the field came up light on numbers. It turned out a good result and she’ll take a lot of improvement out of that.”
A decision is yet to be made where the Elusive City filly will run next, with another start likely before either the James & Annie Sarten Memorial or the Wellington Guineas on Labour weekend. Her major early season target is the New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on November 16.