Peter and Paul Snowden will chase group 1 goals in Melbourne with I Am Superman and Wild Ruler, after a black type-winning double at Rosehill on Saturday.
I Am Superman dominated the Shannon Stakes, but Paul Snowden said he would head back down south for the Toorak Handicap in a fortnight’s time instead of a seven-day back-up in the Epsom.
“It is probably a little bit easier group 1 down there and he needs his runs spaced,” Snowden said. “We were very disappointed that he didn’t get a run in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes last week and you just saw why.”
I Am Superman tracked the speed before racing clear to beat Riodini and Just Like Elvis by 1-1/4 lengths.
“He just needs that firm track and we think he is very well placed in the group 1 handicaps.”
Kerrin McEvoy endorsed the move to go down for the Toorak and can sense the improvement in the former Irish galloper, which arrived in Australia for the Golden Eagle last year.
“There’s no reason he can’t perform [at a mile]," McEvoy said. "Paul said he might be going to a Toorak, that would be a lovely race for him.
“He showed he can get around Caulfield, so if he draws well there and has a nice weight on his back, he could be a force to be reckoned with, that’s for sure.”
Earlier, Wild Ruler returned a strong winner in the Heritage Stakes with James McDonald in the saddle, and is looking towards the Coolmore Stud Stakes in Melbourne Cup week.
“He is a sprinter, and we will step him up to the Roman Consul Stakes next," Snowden said. "Then there are a couple of races for him in Melbourne, and it would be nice to give him a chance in a Coolmore."
Love Tap on the map
Nash Rawiller has liked Love Tap since he first sat on him, and in two weeks' time the unbeaten three-year-old could fulfil his potential in the Spring Champion Stakes.
The Tapit gelding had three country wins before making Saturday’s Gloaming Stakes a one-act affair with Rawiller still having something in hand after leading all the way.
“It certainly wasn’t the plan to lead but I was very happy to take it up and get him into his own rhythm. Ride him like the horse I think he is,” Rawiller said.
“He got into a beautiful rhythm down the back there and when a bit of pressure came on at about 700 metres, he was straight there for it to quicken.
“Got a little bit lost late, he was sort of waiting for them a little bit, but I love the way he came again for me on the post when I really asked him.”
Co-trainer Richard Freedman believes Love Tap still has some maturing to do, but talent has him ready for the group 1 challenge.
“He is still 12 months away. He just does what he has to do and if something came at him there he would have found another couple of lengths,” Freedman said.
Cox Plate in sight after Camelot claims Underwood
The Cox Plate won't be going back to Japan this year, but Australia's hopes of keeping it out of international hands was bolstered on Saturday when Russian Camelot took out the Underwood Stakes.
Trainer Danny O'Brien said pre-race his exciting northern hemisphere-bred three-year-old would need to win the open-age group 1 if he was to head towards the weight-for-age championship of Australasia, and on Saturday he justified his place at the top of the Cox Plate market.
For a horse running in a $750,000 open-aged group 1 at just its seventh career start, the win was dominant.
Jockey Damien Oliver took Russian Camelot to the front, just outside the leader Trap For Fools, and then steered him towards the outside of the track and he raced away from Arcadia Queen on the fence, with Feehan Stakes winner Humidor closing late to split them in second.
Russian Camelot entered the spring as racing's poster boy after his clinical South Australian Derby victory against horses six months his senior, including Dalasan. He returned in style, running second in the Makybe Diva Stakes to Fierce Impact a fortnight ago.
The son of Camelot, a future stallion prospect, is now a two-time group 1 winner and will carry local hopes in next month's Cox Plate - a race won last year by Japanese mare Lys Gracieux. Ocean Park (2012), So You Think (2010) and Northerly (2001, 2002) have completed the Underwood-Cox Plate double in the past 20 years. Oliver rode Northerly in both those 2001 wins.