Gordon Richards has one eye on the $15m Everest in Sydney next month, but his immediate focus is at Moonee Valley this weekend.
Richards has classy sprinter Bold Star first-up in the $300,000 Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) while talented three-year-old Magic Max resumes on the back of an impressive Caulfield win in May.
Bold Star has raced since running down the track in the Listed Manihi at Morphettville in March, a disappointing end to a campaign that started with promise running second behind Prophet’s Thumb in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield.
“I think he’s going great,’’ Richards said.
“His trial the other day was excellent,’’ he said.
Bold Star is no stranger to Moonee Valley having won there over 955m early in his career while he had no luck running sixth behind Pippie in last year’s Group 1 Moir Stakes.
“He’s always gone well fresh and there looks to be plenty of pace in the race so he should get his chance,’’ Richards said.
As for Magic Max, Richards said he’ll let the horse dictate where he heads through the spring.
“He trialled pretty well,’’ Richards said.
“1200m first-up is not ideal, but 1200m at some point will be,’’ he said.
Locally he has Turfitt and Crown Mint both with well fancied in their respective races at Morphettville on the Parks track.
“I think Turfitt was a little bit flat last time, but was ridden closer,’’ Richards said.
“Crown Mint might have been a bit the same second-up, but out to 1400m looks ideal for him,’’ he said.