Stay Inside is more muscular, 50kg heavier and has the physical presence to bury the Golden Slipper curse.
This is what connections are hoping as they push Stay Inside’s case for inclusion in the $15 million The TAB Everest during the Sydney spring carnival.
Michael Freedman, who co-trains with his brother Richard, said Stay Inside had developed into a stronger, more powerful colt during his spell following that spectacular Golden Slipper win in March.
“He’s not a tall horse, he never will be, but he has definitely put on a lot more muscle,’’ Freedman said.
“The physical improvement he’s made is quite noticeable, he’s 50kg heavier and it is not fat, either.’’
Stay Inside returned to Freedman’s Randwick stables a week ago and started doing some pacework last Saturday.
“We will ‘potter’ around with him through July and have him ready to trial in early August,’’ Freedman said.
“When he does get back racing and it looks like he is going well then we will consider The Everest. There has been interest in the colt.’’
But Stay Inside still has to prove he can beat the Golden Slipper curse which has struck seven of the previous eight winners of the world’s richest two-year-old race.
Farnan (2020), Kiamichi (2019), Estijaab (2018), Capitalist (2016), Vancouver (2015), Mossfun (2014) and Overreach (2013) never won another race after their Golden Slipper wins.
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The only horse to buck this trend was She Will Reign (2017) who trained on to win twice as a three-year-old including the Group 1 Moir Stakes before she was retired to stud.
Stay Inside is one of the highest-rated Golden Slipper winners of the modern era and he is on the third line of betting at $8 in latest TAB Fixed Odds markets for The Everest, run at Royal Randwick on October 16. Nature Strip is early favourite at $4.50 ahead of defending champ Classique Legend at $6.
The Freedman brothers also have Group 1 Surround Stakes winner Forbidden Love and Group 2 BRC Sires Produce Stakes winner Tiger Of Malay gearing up for spring carnival campaigns.
“Forbidden Love is an ideal type to be aimed at the Golden Eagle,’’ Freedman said.
“We can look at taking her through the mares races to the Golden Pendant and possibly the Epsom Handicap as part of her Golden Eagle preparation.
“Tiger Of Malay is showing to us his best distance is probably around 1400m and maybe he could go to a race like the Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield. We won this race with Encosta De Lago (1996) as a three-year-old.’’
#The Rosehill Gardens meeting next Saturday has attracted a massive 223 entries for the 10 races including a bumper 28 nominations for the inaugural Midway Handicap (1100m) which is restricted to horses not prepared by the top 15 city and provincial trainers in the region.
Originally published asStay Inside to beat the Slipper curse
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