Injured spring stars back in action
Kings Will Dream and Humidor both suffered potentially career-ending injuries on Cox Plate
day last year but they're back in action.
With the Melbourne Spring Carnival
just around the corner, the two quality types, which are both co-owned by Brae Sokolski, were given a hit-out on Tuesday and the early signs are good.
Kings Will Dream (Chris Waller) suffered a fractured pelvis and Humidor (Maher/Eustace) did a suspensory ligament and Sokolski is happy to see them back on the track.
"The symmetry's remarkable. They both broke down on the same day," Sokolski said.
"They both had their final scan for the all-clear within 48 hours of each other, to then go back into full work.
"Now they come back and have their first trial - so it is astonishing, the parallels.
"Humidor had a very soft jump-out at Caulfield, Damian Lane was aboard.
"Obviously he knows the horse as well as anyone.
"The horse did what Ciaron expected, he got him bowling along out the back. He was quite fresh prior to the trial which is great, it's how you want them to be.
"Damian said he felt terrific after it - so full steam ahead with him as well."
He added regarding Kings Will Dream: "He [Hugh Bowman] said he felt great. He was fresh and keen, which he said is a good sign.
"He was quite taken aback by the length of the horse's stride. He felt great underneath him.
"It was a very soft jump-out ... there were a couple of stablemates, he settled off them, he didn't come off the bridle, and ran a tick under 12s for his last 200m.
"Chris was rapt with him."
Both runners are expected to have their return races in August, along with another of Sokolski's top runners in Verry Elleegant.
"So he'll have a fortnight before a formal trial at Rosehill, Tuesday fortnight," he said of Kings Will Dream's prep.
"That will leave a week before the Winx Stakes on the 17th of August, at which point he'll resume alongside Verry Elleegant.
"That's always been a traditional kick-off race for the Waller stable for Cox Plate hopefuls.
"You take a traditional weight-for-age path. We're not quite sure what his final lead-up into the Cox Plate will be, but it's likely it'll be the Turnbull Stakes."
Meanwhile for Humidor, Sokolski said "definitely not" regarding another crack at the Caulfield Cup
, instead saying he'll be back for a bit of redemption in the Cox Plate too, all things going well.
"We haven't yet determined whether he'll resume in the PB Lawrence, or two weeks later in the Memsie," he said.
"I'm leaning towards the Lawrence, because I feel if we resume him earlier it gives us that flexibility from that point forward, whereas if he goes to the Memsie, he basically has to race each fortnight from that point forward through to the Cox Plate.
"The Makybe, the Underwood and the Cox Plate.
"We get more flexibility if he resumes a fortnight earlier, but it's down to if Ciaron feels the horse is ready to go.
"We'll have a better idea when he has a proper trial in a fortnight's time."
On ATC Oaks
winner Verry Elleegant, he said the number one goal remains the Cox Plate, but hinted at the prospect of doing the more 'old school' move and going straight into a Melbourne Cup.
"She's come back more mature, there's no doubt she's more relaxed in the way she goes about things," Sokolski added.
"Physically she's grown a little, but she's still a relatively small commodity and slight, that's just her.
"But Chris is ecstatic with her work early in the prep. She's ticking along nicely."