The Waterhouse & Bott stable have provided the following prep update on The Milkybar Kid after his impressive trial:
“We are delighted with your gelding, and this was an extremely encouraging first trial. He will take great benefit from this hit out, both mentally and physically, and we will look to get him to another trial in two weeks’ time. It’s looking as though Queensland might come up a bit quickly for him this time in, but he’s a very nice horse in the making and if we bide our time and take him through his grades Adrian and I think you will have a lot of fun with him.”
We would obviously love to progress to the Queensland Derby as the stable had originally hoped, however the progression from 1000m trial to a testing 2400m is certainly one you don’t want to rush if the horse is not ready, and we will always trust the judgment of the experts.
Adrian Bott has provided the following audio to discuss the prep update in further detail, explaining that one of the key drivers beyond the adjustment in plans is due to the fact that imported horses sometimes take longer than expected to acclimatise to Australian conditions.
While we couldn’t be more optimistic about The Milkybar Kid’s career trajectory after his impressive trial, we acknowledge that owners who are new to racing may not be familiar with the constant evolution of horse preps and will therefore be disappointed that the Queensland Derby is no longer on the cards (after being flagged as a potential target by the stable).
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A fantastic Australian trial debut from The Milkybar Kid this morning, winning Trial 8 over 1045m at Randwick by 1.5 lengths.
You can watch the replay above – he is in the red MyRacehorse silks.
Also attached above is jockey Tim Clark’s analysis.
We are thrilled with how he performed today. There is a long way to go but we must be happy as he ticks off each step of his preparation, including how he handled the heavy ground. He showed the same early speed which we saw in his NZ trials and Tim Clark used it to good effect to take up a handy spot. He was able to kick around the bend and put away his rivals in fairly easy fashion. You can already see the hallmarks of the Waterhouse & Bott method starting to shine through.
There was some reasonable opposition too despite only being a 3yo maiden trial, with many of the horses having already had a trial under their belt. 3rd place getter CARARTIE has placed 6 times from 9 runs, including at metro level, and amassed over $50k in prizemoney. She was last seen running 5th by 1.3L in the $250k Magic Millions Maiden over 1200m at the Gold Coast on January 15.
Overall, he still has a fair way to go but it is nice to see him hit the ground running as he will only improve from here.
We will be in touch with the stable’s update on how the horse has pulled up and what the plan is from here.
The Milkybar Kid is SOLD OUT – and just in time for his first Australian trial on Monday!
He has accepted for a 3yo maiden 1050m trial at Randwick on Monday. He is in Trial 8 at 9:40am.
He had another nice piece of work this week, galloping over 1000m on the polytrack alongside stablemate Maple Gold (3yo Vancouver gelding). He clocked 11.7 seconds over the final 200 and again impressed his regular trackwork rider Swan Holtzritter, travelling well and staying on strongly. Maple Gold is relatively unexposed to date, but last prep won on debut by over 1.5L over 1500m at Muswellbrook, so he is no slouch.
This trial, while being far short of his ideal distance, will be a great stepping stone for this prep and will tell us a lot about where he is this prep and help plan next steps.
The stable have provided an update on The Milkybar Kid that you can watch above.
He will be trialling at Randwick on Monday (May 2) over 1050m – the full field can be viewed above. The stable are really happy with his progress since he arrived. He has adapted to the new surroundings well and is showing continuous improvement.
The QLD Derby still remains a target and his trial on Monday will help to determine the path for this campaign.
We’ll provide a further update following the trial.
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We are happy to report that your new ready-to-race acquisition The Milkybar Kid continues to impress as he builds towards his ultimate target of the Group 1 Queensland Derby on May 28. You can view a video of him parading above.
He has now been in work for 6 weeks and last week had a nice bit of work over 1000m against stablemate Groover (Lonhro x Into The Groove) where he clocked 11.8 seconds over the final 200 metres. He was ridden by work rider Swan Holzritter who commented, “That was another lovely piece of work. He covers the ground with ease.”
The plan is to trial him Monday week (May 2) at Randwick, assuming all goes well with the horse and the weather allows. Should this not eventuate, we will look for other options to kick him off shortly after.
His sire, the great Reliable Man (GB), has the following Group runners on the international circuit this week:
Riccarton (NZ) Race 9, Canterbury Gold Cup (Group 3), #11 WANNABE ‘N’ PARIS
Sha Tin (HK) Race 9, QEII Cup (Group 1), #6 RELIABLE TEAM
The stable couldn’t be happier with how the horse is going and we will be in touch with another update soon.