David Hayes and Tom Dabernig have been thrilled with the continually building form of talented three-year-old Petrology in the lead-up to his racing return, and are confident he is ready to lay a great account for himself in Saturday’s Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Petrology stamped his claims as a serious three-year-old through the 2014 Spring Carnival, but was unable to make much of a competitive impact on during his recent autumn campaign, despite finishing a close second in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) first-up.
Having produced an impressive piece of work at the team’s Euroa base on Monday morning, Dabernig told the Herald Sun both he and Hayes are confident the classy son of Fastnet Rock is in the right form for first-up success and believes the weight-for-age conditions of the 2015 Bletchingly Stakes are ideal.
“He had a really good hit-out on the grass this morning at Euroa and he’s had a couple of jumpouts at Flemington,” Hayes said.
“It’s going to be a nice lead-up race for him to get him going for the spring.
“They might be a bit sharp for him but we think he’ll run well and show he’s in for a good spring.”
Hayes and Dabernig are yet to set a specific path for Petrology during the 2015 Spring Carnival, but confirmed Group 1 targets are likely.
“We’ll be guided by what he does on Saturday, but he really looks to have furnished and become a much more mature horse,” Dabernig added.
Posting three wins and as many minors through twelve career starts, Petrology placed fifth in the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) upon resuming last spring and failed to make anything of an impact in his next three starts, leading to Hayes and Dabernig to seriously consider a gelding.
Appearing to have heard the call, however, the stallion prospect responded in the best way possible in posting consecutive wins in the Listed TV Stakes (1800m) and Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).
The 2015 Bletchingly Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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