2015 Hobartville Stakes for First-Up Sweynesse

February 6th, 2015

Sweynesse more than announced his racing arrival over the 2014 Spring Carnival and is reportedly in exceptional condition ahead of his racing return in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 21st.

Sweynesse will return to racing in the 2015 Hobartville Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Sweynesse will return to racing in the 2015 Hobartville Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Finishing outside the places just once over his six start career so far, Sweynesse has not been seen at the races since finishing a credible eighth in the major Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 25th; impressively posting the fastest final section of all 14 runners.

Confirming the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships will figure as his major target this season, trainer John O’Shea told Racing Ahead the Godolphin team are thrilled with the three-year-old’s condition and are excited for his competitive return in two weeks.

“He’s going to go to the races at Canterbury on Wednesday and have a gallop between races with his stable mate,” O’Shea said.

“He’ll resume in the Hobartville and just go the traditional path.

“He’s grown quite a bit which is understandable, he was only a November foal and he’s got to sort of the 535kgs mark and looks relatively fit doing so, which is about 15-20kgs heavier than what he was in the spring.

“He has to improve a little but it would appear he that he can improve physically.”

Winning a minor over 1400m in May last year before immediately returning to the paddock, Sweynesse won the TAB Early Quaddie 3.y.o (1400m) first-up on August 30th before making a successful transition to black type racing in taking out the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) on September 17th, in what also figured as the re-branded Godolphin’s first Group level victory.

Continuing his impressive run through the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m), the son of Lonhro placed third in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) in what was his only other start prior to the Cox Plate.

A final field and barrier draw for the 2015 Hobartville Stakes is due to be completed a released by midday, February 18th.

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