Petrology has reportedly taken particularly well to his time away from racing, and co-trainer Tom Dabernig has revealed the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on July 25th is likely to figure as the first competitive point of call for the talented colt this time.
Posting three wins and as many minors through his 12 start career so far, Petrology returned to competition this year for an impressive second behind Java in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) on January 26th, but failed to make anything of an impact when ninth in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) and 12th in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) most recently.
Having performed well in a pair of barrier trials in Victoria through recent weeks, Dabernig told Racing Victoria the team is thrilled with Petrology’s condition and are confident the 2015 Bletchingly Stakes figures as an ideal Spring Carnival launch pad.
“He went well, his last 150 metres was quite solid, and he’ll probably kick off in two weeks in the Bletchingly Stakes,” Dabernig said.
“He jumped out here last week as well and he looks in great order.
“He had a nice spell, he had that time where we turned him out and gave him a good break, and he’s come back in really good order.”
Yet to confirm a specific major target for the rising four-year-old this time, Dabernig is confident early spring races should suit Petrology to a tee; underlining races like the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) in late August as likely.
“He’s a horse that doesn’t like it too firm, so in early Spring we’ll probably get that lovely ground with a bit of give in it that he likes,” Dabernig said.
“He’s the sort of horse who, probably between 1400 and a mile is his right distance.
“He’ll place himself as we go along, but he definitely gives us the impression he’s got a good race in him.”
Unable to produce much of a consistent run of form through the early stages of his racing career, Petrology found career-best form to date at the absolute optimal moment during the 2014 Spring Carnival when Dabernig and co-trainer David Hayes seriously considered gelding the colt.
Having finishes sixth in the Listed Crown Lager Stakes (1400m) on October 18th, the son of Fastnet Rock returned to the paddock after posting consecutive wins in the Listed TV Stakes (1800m) and Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).
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