A strong and consistent performer over recent racing seasons, trainer Ron Daniel has revealed he is confident classy stayer Baby Boy is capable of finding the right form for success in the 2015 edition of the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m).
Securing three wins and a further nine minor places from his 25 competitive appearances on course so far, Baby Boy began his career under the guidance of Daniel before a brief stint in the care of Tony McEvoy through the 2013 spring.
Returning to Daniel’s care partway through this year, the Hamilton-based trainer is yet to decide on one of two first-up options for the Barely A Moment gelding this weekend, but is confident he is the right horse for an appearance over two miles in the 2015 Adelaide Cup.
“I’ll have a good look and weigh up both races before making a decision,” Daniel told The Advertiser of Baby Boy’s first-up target.
“He was purchased and went to McEvoy’s but didn’t quite live up to expectations.
“The opportunity was there to buy him back and I did before syndicating the rest out of him.
“He’s got enough ability; it’s just about getting it out of him. One thing we do know is he can stay.
“A lot of horses get to the Adelaide Cup and aren’t good stayers, they are 2400m-type horses, but this bloke can stay. Hopefully we’ll end up in the mix.”
Finding strong form over a long and busy 2012 summer/2013 autumn preparation, Baby Boy ran second to Sir Gwynn in the Jacobs Creek Handicap (2109m) on November 28th before securing impressive victories back-to-back in the Toll Express Handicap (2040m) and Evright.com Handicap (2400m) most notably; progressing to a maiden tilt at the Adelaide Cup, albeit unsuccessful.
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