Trainer Simon Miller concedes Sujet faces a big task in winning Saturday’s 2015 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) first-up, but is confident the five-year-old has the talent to produce a major boilover at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse on Saturday.
Sujet has posted a commendable five wins and three minors through only thirteen career starts so far but has not been seen at the races since running on late for a credible fourth in the Listed HG Bolton Sprint (1200m) at Belmont Park on July 25th.
Miller has been thrilled with the condition of the Vital Equine gelding in work leading up to the 2015 Winterbottom Stakes and told TABRadio he remains wary of Queensland raider Buffering but is confident his horse is up to the task.
“The query is the class but I just wanted to chance by arm,” Miller said.
“When you look at his fresh form it is just unbelievable.
“He is so dynamic and you only get one shot at racing for one million dollars over here. Everything is perfect and it’s just a matter of if he can measure up to the grade.
“Buffering is there but the class is nothing on what is had been in the past, so we’ve had a little win from that angle as well.
“His fresh form is amazing so we will be having a go.”
Sujet more than stamped his claims as one to watch upon debuting to racing in the late stages of 2013; running second in the Listed Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) before a luckless performance for eighth in the Group 3 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m).
Continuing to impress through a short 2014 campaign, Sujet won a pair of Ascot minors over 1200m upon resuming this year and progressed to success in the Tabtouch Sprint (1000m) at Belmont most notably leading into his Bolton Sprint third.
Allocated the wide and awkward barrier 16, Sujet has been confirmed to be partnered by Craig Williams in the Winterbottom Stakes.
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