Trainer Murray Baker was delighted with the first up run of last year’s Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) placegetter The Chosen One (NZ) (Savabeel), who stormed home to finish close-up in third in the Gr.2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
“He (The Chosen One) went a really good race as he was wide and covered plenty of extra ground, but he just kept closing on them at the finish,” he said.
“He went well first-up last year and had a good campaign, so hopefully this is a sign of good things to come as he gets ready for the Cup races.
“We’ll have to have a think about where he goes next as he is weighted out of handicap racing over there, so we probably need to stick to weight-for-age races.
“A race like the Underwood Stakes (Gr.1, 1800m) could be a good option as we have a pretty good record in the race.”
Baker has won the Underwood Stakes, which will be run at Sandown this year, on four occasions with The Phantom (1990), Lion Tamer (2011), It’s A Dundeel (2013) and Bonneval (2017).