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Sound Proposition to remain in Australia
24 May 2017

A change of stable is imminent for the Group One winner Sound Proposition.

The Savabeel five-year-old made his final appearance from the Matamata stable of Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott when he was unplaced in his Australian debut in the Gr. 1 Doomben Cup, in which he was tripped up by the heavy going.

The race was won by Sense Of Occasion, who is prepared at Newcastle by Kris Lees – the new trainer of Sound Proposition.

“We’ve been told that’s what is happening and we can’t blame the owners for that,” O’Sullivan said.

“It’s just one of those things, part of the job, and with a good horse there are more opportunities for them overseas. 

“He likes the good tracks and there isn’t much around at home for him. I don’t think he’s a Hawke’s Bay horse, he’s struggled going left-handed in the past.”

Sound Proposition has won four of his 17 starts, including the Easter Stakes in 2016 when it was a Group One contest.

Meanwhile, O’Sullivan has revealed that their Gr. 1 Sistema Stakes winner and Gr. 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes runner-up Summer Passage is unlikely to race in New Zealand again this year.

“We’ve got a Group One with him here and we can only add value by winning one in Australia,” he said. “He may not even trial here, we’ll probably take off early with him and the main target is likely to be the Coolmore Stud Stakes.”

The Group One three-year-old sprint will be run at Flemington on November 4.

NZ Racing Desk, The Informant