It would be hard to be better placed than Randwick trainer John Thompson as he heads into the Coolmore Classic at Rosehill on Saturday.
He has favourite First Seal, the country’s best three-year-old filly, which has scared a couple of high-profile opponents off by her presence in the Coolmore Classic and also has probably her main danger for the group 1 in Guy Walter Stakes winner Danesiri.
“They both won at Warwick Farm [on February 28] and they have both improved since, I’m pretty happy with where they are,” Thompson said.
“Blake [Shinn] rode First Seal on Saturday morning and he got off her and said she keeps improving and still has a bit left in her.
“After working under Bart [Cummings], you learn to work your horses up to their grand finals. As the preparation goes on, she will get better.”
First Seal will be aiming to become the first three-year-old to win a group 1 against the older horses this season and her campaign will be locked in following Saturday.
Thompson does not have to look far for First Seal’s her main threat. Danesiri has emerged this preparation and outgunned Saturday’s Canterbury Stakes winner Cosmic Endeavour to win at Warwick Farm.
“I have been very happy with her and I think she would have won on Saturday, if we decided to run [in the Aspiration Stakes], but you don’t get the chance at a group 1 too often,” Thompson said.
“The owners want to have a go and with no weight on her back she is going to run well.”
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