Washington Heights Likely to Target 2014 Caulfield Classic

August 14th, 2014

Confirmed for a first-up appearance in this weekend’s Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens, trainer Gerald Ryan has revealed exciting three-year-old Washington Heights may target the 2014 Caulfield Classic (Norman Robinson Stakes, 2000m) on October 18th.

Trainer Gerald Ryan has revealed Washington Heights may target the 2014 Caulfield Classic

Trainer Gerald Ryan has revealed Washington Heights may target the 2014 Caulfield Classic. Photo: Daniel Costello

Stamping his claims as one to watch on the back of just one competitive race so far, Washington Heights performed well in a Rosehill barrier trial last week and appears on track for a standout preparation through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

Pleased with the way the Commands colt took to his time in the spelling paddock and return to work, Ryan said the conditions of the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) on November 21st likely would not suit Washington Heights.

“It was always out intention to give him one run then put him aside,” Ryan told TVN.

“He’s a very big horse; he was 16.2 hands and 564kgs here yesterday.

“I would have thought a race like the Norman Robinson (Caulfield Classic) would be ideal for him, but he won’t go to the Derby.”

Currently featuring as outright second-favourite for success in the San Domenico Stakes first-up this weekend at a quote of $4, Ryan said he will not be particularly swayed by the results, commenting the race does not exhibit the quality it once did.

“When we were kids growing up the Liston Stakes (now the P. B. Lawrence) in Melbourne and the San Domenico in Sydney was the start of the spring,” Ryan said.

“I would have thought $125,000 in prize money was for a Listed race, not a Group 3. It’s not the race it used to be.”

Stamping his claims as one to watch over a series of impressive barrier trials prior to his racing debut, Washington Heights displayed a keen turn of foot to overcome poor racing position and finish second behind Hallowed Crown in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) on April 12th.

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