Chris Waller has a $1 million summer target for the progressive Subarc, but an impressive win at Rosehill on Saturday could still force a slight rethink from Sydney’s premier trainer.
Subarc will be joined in Saturday’s Sportingbet Handicap (1350m) by inexperienced but talented stablemate Said Com who made a stunning debut at Canterbury recently and is being earmarked as a probable autumn carnival player next year.
Three-year-old Subarc returned from a spell with a last-to-first victory at Rosehill two weeks ago and could head back to the paddock for a short let-up as soon as next week.
Waller is keen to set Subarc for January’s $1 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast.
“After Saturday we’ll probably back off him and target a race like the Magic Millions three-year-old race,” Waller said.
“I still think he’s a preparation away so while he’s like that I don’t want to put too much pressure on him.
“If he happened to win impressively on Saturday you could have a look at the Sandown Guineas which we won last year with Pressday, but I’d like to head to the Magic Millions.”
The Group Two Sandown Guineas (1600m) is on November 12 but pressing on to that event with Subarc would then eat into the time Waller has to prepare him for the Gold Coast feature.
“Obviously you need to target a race like that (Magic Millions) and if he is going for a race like that he’s going to need to have a short break,” Waller said.
Waller said the difference between Subarc and the promising Said Com heading into Saturday’s event was experience.
Subarc has had two racing preparations prior to his current campaign while Said Com only made his debut with an eye-catching 2-1/4-length win on October 5.
The Rosehill trainer believes stepping out in Saturday company for the first time will stand Said Com in good stead for his future, regardless of the result.
Said Com has been a firmer with TAB Sportsbet and was at $4.20 on Thursday while Subarc was at $8.
The Peter Snowden-trained Mental was the $3.60 favourite with last-start winner Hendricus at $5.
“Said Com has to step up to Saturday grade at only his second start so that will be difficult,” Waller said.
“We’re sort of looking at next preparation with him.
“It gives him a bit of exposure in a better race so he can come back in the autumn where I expect him to make the grade.
“Whatever he does on Saturday is a bonus and I’m hoping he’s going to be a carnival horse next preparation.”
Said Com carries the same white and blue colours and his Group One-winning stablemate Rangirangdoo.