A colt related to trainer Matt Laurie’s two best-performed horses will get a crack at a Group One race early in his career in the Champagne Stakes in Sydney.
Aberro will run in Saturday’s $500,000 1600m-feature for two-year-olds at Randwick at just his third start after seconds in a Pakenham maiden and the Mornington Sires.
By All Too Hard out of Secret Cause, Aberro is a three-quarter brother to 2013 Group One South Australian Derby winner Escado and a half-brother to Se Sauver, winner of the 2013 Group Two Edward Manifold Stakes.
“It’s usually a small field and worth a lot of money,” Laurie said.
“Our horse has come through his only two runs really well and I think the mile looks like it would really suit him.
“I’m happy to put him in it and see where we stand but also acknowledge he’s going to be a lot better next time around.
“I don’t think we’ve got anything to lose.”
The Victorian trainer took Aberro to Canberra last Friday for a barrier trial in the clockwise direction, believing he would take more from that experience than a trackwork gallop.
Aberro won his 900m heat against three unraced horses.
“I would have liked there to have been some more experienced horses in there to give him a chance to settle a little bit and finish off,” Laurie said.
“He was up against horses who hadn’t had the experience that he’s had and he ended up controlling it, but it was just a nice, soft trial.”
Aberro is scheduled to gallop again in Canberra on Tuesday before making his way to Sydney for the Champagne which has attracted 15 nominations.
While Escado raced as a gelding, Aberro will get his chance to make an impression as a colt.
“Given he’s related to two Group winners, obviously we’ll give him an opportunity as a colt to put his hand up,” Laurie said.
“If he’s not able to do that, he’ll be gelded.
“But if he was to win a Group One, he’s certainly got a good enough pedigree to stand somewhere for sure.”