Friday’s Canterbury night meeting is shaping as the likely starting point for Golden Slipper hopeful Forbes after the colt put barrier difficulties behind him with a dominant Canberra trial win on Sunday.
The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained two-year-old was meant to line up in last Saturday’s Group 2 Silver Slipper but connections couldn’t run in the race until he trialled to the satisfaction of stewards.
Forbes was meant to trial at Randwick last Tuesday however the son of Capitalist failed to load and needed to be scratched from his heat on the morning.
The Freedmans, who won the Blue Diamond on Saturday with Artorius, took the lightly-raced youngster to Goulburn on Sunday afternoon to give him another chance to get in the gates.
It turned out to be a wise decision as Forbes surged to a dominant win of nearly 10 lengths.
Exciting youngster Forbes puts his Golden Slipper campaign back on track with an easy trial win at @goulburnraces on Sunday under @jeanvovermeire. The @FreedmanRacing/@jmeharron colt did everything right this time and he's at $34 with @tabcomau. pic.twitter.com/vhHLb9x45D
Forbes, which finished runner up to Blue Diamond placegetter Anamoe on debut, has now been nominated for several races across NSW for his first up run including the Group 2 Skyline Stakes.
However, co-trainer Sam Freedman confirmed to RSN on Monday morning that the stable would likely bypass the Randwick feature in favour of an 1100m two-year-old maiden on Friday night.
“We are not quite sure he is ready for the 1200m yet,” Freedman said.
The colt would then be aimed at the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes at Canberra on Sunday, March 7 with the hope of booking his place in the Golden Slipper field.
“We will find out about his constitution over the next three weeks, he is going to have a fairly busy time of it,” Freedman said.
“We were sort of hoping that trial would go under the radar and not find its way to media outlets.
“We wanted to give him a nice experience.
“Mark Gee has done a lot of work with this horse at Goulburn to sort out his barrier mishaps and he was very well behaved there yesterday.
“We don‘t like trialling horses like that typically but it was probably needed because he needed a good clean out.”
Forbes sits on the third line of betting for the Skyline Stakes at $5 and is a $26 chance in Golden Slipper betting.
Artorius is $11 for the Golden Slipper however it’s more likely the colt will next race in the Inglis Sires’ where he is currently an equal $6 favourite.
Originally published asSlipper hopeful likely to bypass Skyline
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