Champagne Stakes next for Converge

18 April 2021 02:03:04 GMTPlus10

Converge, winner of the Listed Fernhill Handicap at Randwick on Saturday, is set to back up in next weekend's Group 1 Champagne Stakes at the same track.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained two-year-old notched his first stakes success on Saturday when showing an impressive turn of foot to defeat Maurice's Medad by one and a quarter lengths in the one mile contest, with Akahata finishing a further neck away in third.

The son of Frankel is now set to be tested at the highest level after impressing his training partnership.

"That was a lovely, nice, measured ride by Tim [Clark]. The first time at the mile today we wanted to be a bit conservative," Adrian Bott said. "We thought there might be a bit of pressure from the outside.

"He is such a tractable horse when Tim asked him to come back he settled nicely. We know he has a sharp turn of foot and we wanted to conserve that for him.

"We will give serious consideration to backing up next weekend in the Champagne Stakes. That was always on the cards, we just wanted to see him at the mile today."

Converge, a 7.00 shot for the Champagne Stakes, will have one less rival to worry about next weekend after dominant last-start Sires' Produce Stakes winner Anamoe was ruled out of the contest.

Trainer James Cummings announced that the valuable colt, who was a short-priced pre-post favourite for the Champagne Stakes, would be immediately spelled.

A winner of three of his seven starts, all of them at stakes level, Anamoe was runner-up to Stay Inside in the Golden Slipper Stakes while he also won the Merson Cooper Stakes and the Todman Stakes.

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