A standout performer over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Paul Beshara has confirmed talented stayer Happy Trails will return to racing in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) on August 9th and may be joined by stable mate Richie’s Vibe.
Unable to figure when fifth in the 2013 edition of the Spring Stakes first-up and seventh in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m), Happy Trails more than made up for the disappointing campaign start when charging home to finish fourth in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) on September 21st and breaking through for a second victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) just two weeks later.
Unlucky to finish second to Shamus Award in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) most recently, Beshara was pleased with the work produced by both Happy Trails and Richie’s Vibe over the weekend, confirmed the Spring Stakes as the perfect competitive resumption this time in.
“They both worked well on Saturday and will both trial on Friday,” Beshara told TVN.
“Happy Trails will definitely resume in the Spring Stakes with Troy Baker aboard.
“Whether or not Richie’s Vibe runs in the same race will be determined by how he trials. He’s just a little bit behind in his work, Happy Trails returned to trackwork earlier.”
Securing an impressive total of six wins and 13 minor places from 38 competitive starts so far, Happy Trails has arguably hit peak condition over his two most recent spring campaigns, having won all of the Spring Stakes, Group 2 Dato’Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) most notably through the 2012 season.
Claiming five wins and two minor places from just 13 competitive starts of his own, Richie’s Vibe hit good condition over his most recent preparation; finishing second in the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) and winning both the Listed MSS Security Sprint (1200m) and Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) most notably.
A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Spring Stakes is due to be released on August 6th.
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