Two pronged attack on Australian Guineas

Feb 25, 2013

by Andrew Garvey, Racing Victoria...

Mick Kent decided to give High Shot the day off last Saturday rather than starting in the BMW Caulfield Autumn Classic but he will be on the float next Saturday along with stablemate Philippi, to compete in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington.

High Shot had been very colty prior to running poorly when resuming at Caulfield two weeks ago and after a lot of remedial work last week, Kent believed the best option was to wait for the Guineas rather than running last Saturday.

High Shot had spent five hours at the Flemington meeting on Black Caviar Lightning Stakes day, gone to Traralgon trials last Tuesday and then had a trip to the beach the following day.

''I thought he had had a pretty busy week without doing a thing wrong, so I decided not to take him back to the scene of the crime on a stinking hot day and go for the Guineas instead,'' Kent said.

Kent admits that the 1600 metres of Saturday's race is short of High Shot's best trip but the race fits into his programme well as he heads towards Sydney.

''They will probably be too quick for him at Flemington but if he can perform well there, we can head to Sydney with a bit of confidence.''

''Hopefully the rain sticks around a bit longer up there because he loves it wet and is going to be better suited over more ground.''

Philippi heads to the Guineas on the back of a nice first up effort in the C.S. Hayes Stakes at Flemington last Saturday week where he ran fourth, less than a length and a half behind Sheer Talent.

In the Spring, Philippi won the listed UCI Stakes over 1800 metres at Flemington when ridden by Bard Rawiller and Kent is looking forward to the son of Host stepping up to the longer journey on Saturday.

''It was a nice effort first up and he has trained on well since.''

''It was looking a good option for him before Saturday,'' Kent said, referring to the impressive Futurity Stakes win of Guineas pre post favourite All Too Hard.

After Saturday, Kent said Philippi is likely to head to the Group 2 Sportingbet Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley on March 15, before joining High Shot in Sydney.

Craig Williams, who rode Philippi first up will partner High Shot, with Brad Rawiller who resumed riding last Saturday after being sidelined with a foot injury, being reunited with Philippi.


Here Mick being interviewed at...