One can’t blame Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths for having a sense of déjà vu leading into Saturday’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
Griffiths and his training partner Mathew de Kock have entered Daily Bugle for the $500,000 race Griffiths almost won with Glenfiddich last year.
Glenfiddich ran a narrow second to King’s Legacy in 2020 but connections moved the colt to the Peter Moody stable for his three-year-old season.
Daily Bugle has almost identical form to Glenfiddich leading into the Champagne Stakes.
Both horses comfortably won the Mornington Sires before finishing sixth in the Group ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in their respective years.
Griffiths said wet tracks cost both horses their chance of winning the Sires’ Produce.
Trainer Robbie Griffiths went close to winning last year’s Champagne Stakes with Glenfiddich but will run Daily Bugle in the 2021 edition of the Randwick feature. Photo: AAP Image/Vince Caligiuri.Source:AAP
“If you look at the Sires’ Produce run, both horses ran sixth, both looked chances but both couldn’t let down in the wet ground,” Griffiths said.
“They were nearly identical runs. They are different horses but they have very similar racing styles.”
Possible showers have been forecast for Sydney on Saturday. Griffiths and de Kock have implemented a back-up plan to run Daily Bugle in a Listed race at Flemington on Sunday if the pair thinks Randwick will be wet on Saturday.
“I’ll probably accept in both and let the weather determine whether we put him on the truck to Sydney on Thursday night,” Griffiths said.
“We might have to pay the three-and-a-half grand to scratch and stay at home for Flemington.
“He’s a real chance of running in the top three in Sydney if it’s dry but he’d probably run third, fourth, fifth if it rains on the day.
“If it stays dry, he’d probably run one, two or three so we have to decide which path we’d take and we won’t know that until it gets closer to Saturday.”
TAB has Daily Bugle as a $17 chance in its early ‘all-in’ market on the Champagne Stakes.
Originally published asGriffiths looks to pop the Champagne with Daily Bugle
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