Echo Effect Ready for 2017 Randwick Guineas

March 1st, 2017

Trainer Kristen Buchanan is confident that Echo Effect will relish the heavy conditions in Sydney on Saturday when he lines up for the 2017 Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).

Echo Effect finished in the inside of Man From Uncle (pictured) in the Hobartville Stakes a fortnight ago. Photo: Steve Hart

Echo Effect finished in the inside of Man From Uncle (pictured) in the Hobartville Stakes a fortnight ago. Photo: Steve Hart

Echo Effect has only made seven appearances at the races since debuting in early August last year, but has more than earned his position in the 2017 Randwick Guineas field and was last seen finishing an agonizingly-close second behind Man From Uncle in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago.

Buchanan conceded that the Reset gelding faces a big task in overcoming what is set to be a talented Randwick Guineas field, but believes that the horse is a genuine Group 1 contender and will benefit from wet track conditions.

“I’m really happy with him, he loves the wet and yes he goes into a Group 1 but I think he should be racing in those races,” Buchanan told The Daily Telegraph.

Paul (King, jockey) has sorted him out and he is starting to settle a bit better and I think he will love the mile but I don’t know until we try it.

“He is bred to get the mile and it’s one hell of a way to find out if he will run it.”

Buchanan’s most notable runner to date has been talented mare Two Blue, who posted a career-best win in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) on Day 2 of The Championships last year, before running fourth behind Malaguerra in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) in Brisbane.

The Wyong trainer believes that Echo Effect has the means to surpass the benchmark set by Two Blue and is hopeful that he will take another step forward in the 2017 Randwick Guineas.

“She (Two Blue) used to do stuff and I couldn’t understand how she was physically capable but she just used to do it out of heart,” Buchanan said.

“This horse has more natural ability. He is still a very young three-year-old and I think he was a November foal.

“He will have his opportunity and it might not be this race but I think he has a bright future.

“This is the horse that has excited me from when he first came in and I guess it’s what you dream about.”

Echo Effect resumed this year for a close second in the ALM BM71 (1200m) at Randwick January 14th; progressing to third in the TAB BM72 (1400m) on January 28th, in what was his only other start prior to the Hobartville Stakes.

Echo Effect will leave from the ideal barrier 2 in the Randwick Guineas and will be ridden by Paul King.

Ladbrokes.com.au currently rates Echo Effect an $8 chance in 2017 Randwick Guineas betting markets.