Adrian Bott insists punters only saw a glimpse of what’s to come from Siege Of Quebec as the decision to miss most of the spring with the three-year-old is set to pay off this autumn.
Bott and co-trainer Gai Waterhouse called stumps on Siege Of Quebec’s last campaign after he finished second to Menari in the Listed Rosebud (1100m) in August, more than a month before the Golden Rose.
The temptation would have been there to extend his campaign but Bott is hoping the patient approach will pay off this autumn for the $1.2 million yearling purchase.
“He is a really exciting colt for us going forward and I think we got a glimpse of his potential ability in his first preparation,” he said.
“His first two runs were really good and then I thought it was an excellent performance when he was dropping back in distance and up in grade in the Rosebud behind Menari.
“We were always of the opinion he would make a better three-year-old autumn type and he looks to have come back in great order as we’ve seen in both of his trials.”
Siege Of Quebec will start his autumn campaign in Wilkes Quality at Rosehill on Saturday. Picture: Simon BullardSource:News Corp Australia
Siege Of Quebec was always a good-looking colt but Bott said he has benefited from going out into the paddock after his last preparation feeling well.
“He had plenty of racing and it was certainly a big effort in the Rosebud so we didn’t want to go to the well one too many times with him because of the quality with him going forward,” he said.
“We took the view of giving him a good spell and having him really ready for this campaign. He went out in good order, which always helps, and he was able to really benefit from that as opposed to going out flat with one too many runs.
“He had a really decent spell and strengthened up nicely and he has come back in great shape.”
Asked how punters should assess him first-up, Bott expects the odds-on favourite to run very well in the Wilkes Quality (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
“He is obviously going to be much better suited and better placed once he steps up over further in his campaign and I think he will make a top class 1400m-1600m colt in time, which we have aimed for him later on,” he said. “But he is at a point in his preparation where he is still showing plenty of speed and it looks a nice race for him to kick off his campaign.”
Bott said autumn plans were yet to be locked in for Siege Of Quebec but the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 10 is a likely goal.
“He will definitely have his first few runs up here in Sydney and then I guess that program leads to the Randwick Guineas but we will also keep the Australian Guineas open as an option for him,” he said. “We won’t close the door on that yet but we are probably leaning towards keeping him in Sydney.”
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