Stuart Kendrick realises he is throwing his promising two-year-old I’ve Bean There into the lion’s den as he ventures to Sydney to take on the big guns in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick next Saturday.
But Kendrick says his past experience, when he took Eric The Eel to Sydney last year and he ran third in the Group 1 Australian Derby, shows that it can be worth having a throw at the stumps.
The Champagne Stakes prospects of last-start 1400m Eagle Farm winner I’ve Bean There became a little brighter with news that Godolphin star Anamoe is being spelled and won’t run in the Champagne.
Nevertheless, Kendrick appears up against it with I’ve Been There whose only win in four starts was at Eagle Farm more than a month ago.
However the Sunshine Coast trainer saw enough in I’ve Bean There’s decisive Eagle Farm win, coming from near last, to give him a crack at the big time with the gelding at Randwick next Saturday in the $500,000 Group 1.
“Sometimes you have just got to have a crack, Eric The Eel was coming off a narrow Doomben win when I took him to Sydney and he was placed in the Derby,” Kendrick said.
“My thought process was also that some of these races towards the end of the Sydney carnival can drop away a bit.
“I thought his win last start was good and I’ve always thought he was looking for the mile.
“The horse has had a recent jumpout and he was pretty impressive in that so we will have a crack at the Champagne.”
Kendrick will stay loyal to Brisbane jockey James Orman who will ride I’ve Bean There in the Champagne.
Orman is chasing his first Group 1 win – he has twice run Group 1 placings from 17 previous rides at the highest level and Orman is also seeking his first winner at Randwick, where he has only had three rides previously.
I’ve Bean There is rated a $26 chance to give both Orman and Kendrick their first Group 1 next Saturday.
Originally published asQueenslander chasing Group 1 Champagne Stakes dream
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