Trainer Chris Waller has underlined the 2016 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) as a likely target for High Mist, when the rising three-year-old returns to racing during the forthcoming Sydney Spring Carnival.
High Mist has made only four competitive appearances at the races since debuting to competition in late March, but has most than stamped himself as a colt to follow; producing good performances amongst notable fields amongst his age bracket.
Waller can’t wait to get the High Chaparral colt out to a trip having yet to saddle him beyond 1400m, and is confident races like the 2016 Spring Champion Stakes and the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) will figure as ideal races during the Spring Carnival.
“High Mist is a big raw two-year-old that will get warmed up late,” Waller told the media.
“He’s switched right on since his Newcastle run.
“He’s a horse that will progress. We’ve got a few of young horses that will be Spring Champion and Derby horses next season and that’s the best way to describe him.
“You’ll see him in some nice races in the spring.”
Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, High Mist clearly required a run to properly begin to learn his trade, when he tailed off to finish eighth in the Dapto Leagues Club Handicap (1200m) at Kembla Grange on March 23rd.
Immediately put away for a freshen-up, High Mist again trialled well through May and early June, and returned to competition for his maiden race win in the Clipsal Schneider Electric Maiden (1150m) on June 18th.
Failing to fire when sixth in the TAB.com.au Handicap (1400m) on July 2nd, the colt out of Miss Mushu was luckless in transit in the Hyland Race Colours 2.y.o Handicap (1400m) last time out on July 16th but produced a smart turn of foot to run on for fourth behind in-form runner Morton’s Fork.
The 2016 Spring Champion Stakes is slated to run as the feature race at Royal Randwick on Saturday, October 8th.
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