The next 10 days are shaping as a defining period of the spring for Warwick Farm trainer Joe Pride.
This weekend Pride saddles up his classy mare Fasika in the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill and then seven days later it’s off to Randwick with his classy speedster Eduardo for the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m).
Pride has dreams of both horses forcing their way into the $15 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 17 and those ambitions continue their evolution this Saturday when Fasika makes her racetrack return.
“She’s a horse I think is capable of handling pressure really well and has good speed which allows her to get up and out of trouble,” Pride said.
“I’m not saying what she has done so far is worthy of a place in The Everest, for me it’s all about what I think she can do in the next few weeks.
“She has to be winning impressively on Saturday for The Everest discussions to continue, or be desperately unlucky.
“The way we’ve steadily handled her so far during her career I think she’s set for her best campaign yet.”
Trainer Joe Pride. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
Fasika has been installed a commanding $2.60 favourite for Saturday’s set weights and penalties contest where she appears well weighted carrying only a 1kg weight penalty for her first-up win in the Group 3 Wenona Girl Quality in March this year.
The five-year-old daughter of So You Think is twice a winner from three previous first-up runs, and knowing the importance of each performance, Pride had her ready to return to the races with three barrier trial outings under the belt.
“I think she has improved, she looks to have improved at the trials but now it’s time for her to start doing some talking and I can shut up,” he said.
“She needs to show us she is better than any of these mares because there could be an Everest runner in this field.
“These horses are on the second tier at the moment and they have to prove themselves.”
Meanwhile, Eduardo is undefeated in two runs for the Pride stable and his trainer confirmed connections of the former Victorian sprinter, as well as Fasika, have had initial discussions with The Everest slot holders.
Eduardo winning the Group 2 Missile Stakes in August. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
“Some of the owners of both horses have spoken to slot holders,” he said.
“Eduardo runs on Saturday week in The Shorts. Whatever wins The Shorts, if they don’t have a slot they are probably deserving of one and we’ll be going to Randwick with that in mind.
“The plan is for Fasika to go to the Golden Pendant next (Rosehill on September 26) and then there are so many options from there.
“She could go to Melbourne or here there are races like the Yes Yes Yes Stakes and the Hunter.
“We won’t be in a rush to make any decisions and everything could change after Saturday.”
Originally published asPride puts his faith in star mare Fasika
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