Press Statement to Improve Ahead of 2016 Randwick Guineas

February 23rd, 2016

Jockey Hugh Bowman was thrilled with the feel offered up by Press Statement in his competitive return over the weekend and is confident the colt will only improve leading into the 2016 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 5th.

Dual Group 1 winner Press Statement will carry strong form into the 2016 Randwick Guineas. Photo: Steve Hart

Dual Group 1 winner Press Statement will carry strong form into the 2016 Randwick Guineas. Photo: Steve Hart

Press Statement jumped from the gates well in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill and immediately settled in prime position on the heels of the race’s early leaders; receiving a good run in transit.

Offered a clear racing line upon arriving at the final straight, the Hinchinbrook colt immediately responded when asked for an extra effort by Bowman; producing a big turn of foot to hit the line close to three lengths in the clear of closest rival Le Romain.

Bowman told Racing Ahead he was surprised with how forward Press Statement was for his first-up assignment and believes he will only improve heading into the 2016 Randwick Guineas.

“He took me by surprise,” Bowman said.

“We all expected him to run well, and Chris (Waller) had him forward enough to perform very well first-up.

“He’s obviously a valuable colt, a dual Group 1 winner already … it’s very important for these horses to keep their record at a premium.

“But I didn’t expect him to race quite as well as he did.

“I worked him during the week, he gave me a nice feel, but I was actually blown away with his performance, and I can only see him improving on that.”

Press Statement immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow when debuting for consecutive wins in a pair of Sydney minors in late autumn last year before taking out the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) in only his third start.

Resuming in spring for second in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m), Press Statement failed to fire when fifth in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) but responded in the best way possible in taking out each of the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) and Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in succession.

The 2016 Randwick Guineas field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday of Wednesday, March 2nd.

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