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Zabeel Classic next for Sound Proposition
06 Dec 2016

Group One winner Sound Proposition is likely to have his next start in the Gr. 1 Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

The Savabeel gelding, who won the Easter Stakes in April, resumed with a fast-finishing fourth over 1400 metres in October before tailing the field home in the Gr. 2 Tauranga Stakes on November 12.

“Michael Coleman (jockey) said he never felt comfortable in the (Dead6) track conditions that day,” co-trainer Andrew Scott said.

“It was a bit disappointing, but he came through the race really well. He’s going to run in the Zabeel Classic on Boxing Day next. We know he gets around Ellerslie nicely and he loves it there. Stepping straight up to 2000 metres is a bit tough, but he’s got that distance easily before and we think it will be no problem for him.

“He’ll be an interesting runner. He’s got a long way to bounce back from that last performance, and he still has to prove that he can step up to weight-for-age, but I’m sure he’ll be competitive at least.”

Sound Proposition will be part of what is shaping up to be a strong Ellerslie carnival team for Scott and his training partner Lance O’Sullivan.

“We’re aiming Princess Rihanna towards the Karaka Million, and she’ll run in the Eclipse Stakes on New Year’s Day,” Scott said. “That will be a valuable experience at Ellerslie ahead of the Million, and hopefully she can pick up a few more dollars of prize-money to absolutely secure her place in the field.

“She’s owned by a group of guys up in Hong Kong, including Simon Leung who is the commentator in Hong Kong for the Chinese side of things. They’re all excited by this filly and very keen to have a crack at the Million.

“She did it very well on debut down at Otaki the other day. The turn of foot she showed and the professional manner that she did it in was very encouraging. She looks like quite a natural two-year-old.

“She’s made good progress since then. She took the trip down there and back in her stride, and I think it’s been the making of her. She seems more settled now and like a real racehorse.”

Well-performed three-year-old filly Glass Slipper will also make her return to competition during the carnival.

“We’ll bring her back in the Eight Carat Classic on Boxing Day,” Scott said.

While she is still a maiden, Glass Slipper has been placed in the Gr. 3 Gold Trail Stakes, Gr. 3 Eclipse Stakes and Listed Soliloquy Stakes. She was found to have a poor post-race recovery after finishing ninth in the Gr. 1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas last time out.

Richard Edmunds

The Informant