Bloodstock supremo James Harron achieved his Golden Slipper dream with Capitalist and now it is hoped history can repeat with the champion galloper’s expensive son.
Harron’s green and gold colours have become a familiar sight on Australian racetracks in recent years and on Saturday plenty of eyes will be on $750,000 colt Forbes, who has been well-backed to make a winning debut in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown.
Brazen Boy, the fellow first-starter and Phillip Stokes-trained gelding who recently smashed his trial rivals by 14 lengths in Adelaide, went up the $1.80 favourite with TAB but has eased to $2.40.
That’s because Forbes has been a big mover, after opening at $3.80, he is now into $2.80 and holds double the money of Brazen Boy in the TAB’s hold on the race.
Harron has often been associated with the Peter and Paul Snowden training partnership but Forbes will be his first runner for Anthony and Sam Freedman.
“There are seven two-year-old colts we have with them and this one is the first one to step out at the races,” Harron said.
“We have admired what they were doing and what their stable was doing – they are a smaller sort of set-up to some of the bigger stables and we could see they were getting quite incredible results and the horses were really performing very well.
“A number of our partners in our colt partnership are from Melbourne and it was sort of always a bit of a natural progression to have a presence there.”
Despite not being seen at the races yet, such is the market opinion of Forbes that he is a $26 chance in next year’s Golden Slipper.
The Gold Coast Magic Millions in January could also be a target, depending on how the son of 2016 Magic Millions and Golden Slipper winner Capitalist performs on debut on Saturday.
“He’s just had a couple of little jumpouts at Mornington and this was a race which Anthony and Sam were keen to run him in,” Harron said.
“He’s only having his first start but he is a big and strong type of horse.
“We will learn a bit more about him on Saturday.
“What happens after Saturday isn’t something we haven‘t discussed too much as yet, we haven’t set anything in stone.
“This colt was sold for $750,000 – one of the higher-priced Capitalists – and he has a nice pedigree and has a very good physique and is a strong, forward and mature kind of horse.
“But he doesn’t know how much he cost.
“Until you get them to the races, you don’t really know what you have got under the bonnet.”
One of Harron’s crop of two-year-olds who is most likely bound for the Gold Coast Magic Millions is Astrologer.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained colt finished third on debut in the Group 3 Breeders Plate at Randwick on October 3.
“He had no luck at all when he was slow out of the gates, he is a horse who is back in work and we are targeting him towards Christmas time and if he can qualify he will press on towards the Magic Millions,” Harron said.
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