Jockey Tim Clark gave his tick of approval after Golden Slipper winner Farnan made the ideal autumn return with a comfortable trial win at his home track at Randwick on Tuesday.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained colt was making his first public appearance since an underwhelming spring campaign that was marred by setbacks and two unplaced runs.
Connections are hoping Farnan can atone in 2021 and the star son of Not A Single Doubt put his best foot forward in a 1050m trial in Sydney.
Last year's Golden Slipper winner Farnan makes a positive start to his autumn prep winning a @royalrandwick trial on Tuesday from The Irishman and Jeanne D'Arc. @[email protected]@GaiWaterhouse1pic.twitter.com/VHXHbpNDLZ
Farnan jumped straight to the front from the inside gate and controlled proceedings before kicking clear at the top of the lane to score by 1-1/4 lengths from the Mark Newnham-trained The Irishman.
He clocked 1:04.30 seconds (last 600m in 34.55) on the soft going.
“He seems to be going well,” Clark told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“This morning he indicated that as well, he showed good speed and got into a nice rhythm bowling along.
“I just sort of shook him up for a little bit of the straight, not fully extended but allowed him to quicken for a furlong and then eased down the last bit.
“He was able to win his trial well.”
Tim Clark rode Farnan. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Farnan is expected to trial again before making his autumn return in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) on March 20 – the same day he claimed the Slipper on last year.
TAB.com.au are keeping Farnan safe in betting for the Rosehill sprint with the colt an $11 chance alongside Eduardo and Written Beauty.
Farnan has gone winless since his Slipper triumph after missing the placings in both of his spring runs in the Group 2 Run To The Rose at Rosehill and Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.
He was given a healthy break by Waterhouse and Bott after the Coolmore run, where he finished 10th, and has returned in top order according to Clark.
“He hasn’t grown any taller but he has certainly thickened up a little bit,” he said.
“Obviously he probably had a bit of a short turn around last prep.
“Being able to have a bit more time this time, he definitely has thickened up a bit.
“He had a good blow after that trial as well so he still has a bit to go as far as condition wise.
“I think they plan to give him another trial before he resumes but this morning was a good indication that hopefully he is back to somewhere near his best.”
Originally published asFarnan impresses in Randwick hit out
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