+64 21 762 559 (Gordon Cunningham)
Latest NewsWeekend runnersNew Zealand BloodstockUnforgottenNearco StudTulipTe AkauWeekend wrap upLong leafTofaneNot An OptionFanaticManolo BlahniqHeroic ValourLindsay Park RacingMighty BossMonday Wrap upDistinctive DarciAge of chivarlyBelle du NordTheanswermyfriendChris WallerFirst SealKuroRodricoHayesKinaneTribal WisdomHe Kin FlyI'm IncredibleIn a twinklingLisdoonvarnaConquerorMick PriceWeaponryAspect ratioGlobal ThinkingMay SaleNZBReady To RunThe everestAlmost courtAsgard MassifDabernigGokoLoose cannonOnly TigerProvocativeRed DawnSingaporeStephen MarshTaroniBlue on BlackChampion ThoruoghbredsCoolmoreFlying FeetGold MagGraeme SandersHenry DwyerJoe PrideJohn ThompsonMark TreloarRocknrollaSean KiernanThunder Down UnderWeanling SaleAbsolut ExcelenciaAimee's JewelAustralian OaksBallymoreBlizzardChina Horse ClubDarren WeirDavid BrowneDebbie SweeneyEl chapoEmma-Lee BrowneFamily LeaderFastnet RockFlemingtonGlorious OceanGo racingHeart Of CourageHigh ClassJimmy LincolnKahma LassKarakaKaraka MillionMarblesMongolian beautyMoroneyParis RockPitmanPrivate ThoughtsRafflesRoc de BankRockfastRuetiggerSandersSeventh SealShaune RitchieStephen RalphSuper easySweeneyTe akau racingTony NoonanTony PikeWar FrontierWhat Choux WantWrap UpAdelaide CupAdrian BottAdrian ClarkAll Star MileAlysha CollettAndrew WilliamsAndy WilliamsAnnavistoAudioAustramoreBaggy GreenBak Da PrincessBankside BelleBeer GardenBesty CoupBeyond The DreamBoxing Day RacesBridges To BabylonBroodmare Pedigree UpdatesBroodmare SaleBye Bye BelleCalder BloodstockCalm SeekerCaulfieldCaulfield CupCaulfield GuineasCeltic tigerCeylonChampion ThoroughbredsChrissy BambryCoup Darci BeCouplandCraig WilliamsCurraghmoreDanny ShumDauphine de franceDave HeywoodDominicDon't Plead GuiltyDr TanEasy HabitEcuadorFantasyFighting SunFirebird FlyerFirebirdFlyerFlower GirlFoal WatchFormalityFrankelFreshwater StormGai WaterhouseGolden RoseGolden SlipperGood FaithGood StockGordon cunninghmaGorgeous AgainHatrick boysHighflyingHong KongHui Hai StarsIncheon ExpressJazzmanJohn ChalmersJohn O'SheaJolie's ShinjuJosh ParrJustice GloryKamikaze RebelKaren FursdonKatagasKeltic RockstarKenjiKiwi BredKool GalLake hayesLand GrantLatestNewsLattaLindsay ParkLindsay RacingLogan RacingLord TurboLot 57MakdanifeManikatoMark WalkerMatrix BloodstockMelbourne CupMerlion TrophyMexican RoseMike MoroneyMill DuckieMr IntelligenceMulcasterMusignyMyrrhNerve Not VerveNot A DoubtNZ DerbyO'ReillyOceanographyPalm SpringsPedigreePedigree updatesPenelope CruisePennacchioPour MoiPower rushPremierProisirPumpsQue SeraRaeRaffles RacingRetired HorseRighteous MateSacred ShamSaimee JumaatSalamancaSavabeelSecret winShockingShowcase The GoldSingapore Turf ClubSnitzelSomething MajicSpecial MemoriesSt JustSun TouchSweetzouTam O'ShanterTankardThere's No DoubtTip The WinkTony ParkerTouch of silverTracey LammasTyphoon Tracy StakesUno SayuriUpdateWallerWeanling Pedigree UpdatesYesterday's SongsYou're WelcomeZoustar
TAGS

Champagne Stakes an Option for classy juvenile

Not An Option could be set for a tilt at the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes (1600m). Photo: Trish Dunell
Not An Option could be set for a tilt at the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes (1600m). Photo: Trish Dunell

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike was pleased with the efforts of classy juvenile Not An Option after he ran on late to finish third in the Gr.3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on Saturday.

“I was rapt with the run and 1100m is well short of his best,” Pike said. “It was always going to be a touch sharp for him from that draw (7). We had to go back to last and he has closed well outside.

“It looked like a very testing track over there today, so it’s very encouraging going forward.

“He is going to improve a lot with that run under his belt.”

Not An Option has a number of high-profile owners including Cambridge Stud Principals Brendan and Jo Lindsay, Haunui Farm, and Raffles Racing, and Pike is set to call them over the coming days to discuss Not An Option’s next target.

Pike is leaning towards a tilt at the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) in a fortnight, believing the mile distance will be ideal for the son of Not A Single Doubt.

“I will give the owners a call and talk with Richard (Freedman, caretaker trainer) and see how the horse has pulled up.

“As long as he pulls up well and he hasn’t taken too much harm from this run we might run him in the Champagne Stakes in two weeks. It looks like a nice race at the end of the carnival.

“I have always thought 1400m and a mile is going to be perfect for him.

“Sometimes those two-year-olds in Sydney, especially on those wet tracks, are starting to get tried by that stage. It could be the perfect option for him.”

Pike purchased Not An Option out of Curraghmore’s 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 Yearling Sale draft for $240,000 and the colt has gone on to win two of his four starts in New Zealand, including the Gr.2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1100m), and was runner-up behind Play That Song in the Gr.2 Eclipse Stakes (1200m). -NZ Racing Desk



 

This product has been added to your cart

CHECKOUT