Golden Slipper winner Farnan looked impressive as the Phoenix Thoroughbreds homebred won the second trial of his three-year campaign at Randwick on Monday, August 25.
Taking up his customary front running assault on his rivals the colt raced by the Dubai-based group alongside Aquis and new partners Kia Ora cleared away to score by an impressive 3 1/4 lengths in the 1050m heat. It wasn’t just a visually stunning display either with the clock reading 1:01.99 and the last 600m covered in 33.07.
“That is the colt we always hoped to see and the colt that we know,” Adrian Bott told Sky Racing.
“He is a true professional and was given a bit more of a test this morning in his second trial.
“It was great to see the improvement and the way he responded when Hugh asked for an effort.
“He has come along nicely and should improve further again off today so looking forward to getting him back to the races.”
The Golden Rose remains the main target for the son of Not A Single Doubt while a possible run in The Everest remains on the agenda.
“We haven’t had that firm discussion yet with the ownership group but obviously there are two major targets for us,” Bott continued.
“Now that this second trial is out of the way we can start to discuss those preparations in a bit more depth.
“The Golden Rose will be the point where we choose exactly the path we want to take.
“Obviously with the new ownership group and Kia Ora Stud buying into the horse, that has opened up more possibilities of what we might target as well.”