Profiteer, ridden by Michael Dee (Image: Racing Photos/Natasha Morello)
It’s a modern-day problem but one that Michael Kent jnr is happy to have following the impressive debut victory of Profiteer at Flemington on Saturday.
Kent, who trains in partnership with Mick Price, said the stable faced a decision in the new year with the colt by Capitalist with races like the $2 million Inglis Millennium and the $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes to chose from early next year.
"It’s a new race (Millennium) which you have to consider when you have these sort of horses," Kent said after Profiteer’s victory in the #Lovethehorse over 1000 metres.
"It doesn’t make him a stallion but the prizemoney is huge. Maybe you can do both (Blue Diamond), but we’ll just see."
The Inglis Millennium (1100m) is to be run at Randwick on February 6, just two weeks before the stallion-making Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.
The victory saw Profiteer shortened to $10 to become the Blue Diamond Stakes second favourite behind the Gimcrack Stakes winner Enthaar.
Kent said expectations were high for Profiteer’s debut after a soft trial win at Traralgon and he delivered, recording a sizzling 1.02.8 for the 1100-metre trip to fall just short of Loveyamadly’s 2013 record of 1:02.15.
"He is a bona fide two-year-old type," he said. "He’s like his father. He’s not too big, he’s precocious, he’s neat and he’s got a beautiful action. He really covers the ground.
"From day one we knew he was a smart colt the way he could gallop but to find it under race pressure was very pleasing today.’’
Kent said Profiteer was 'at the top of the pile' as far as juveniles are concerned in the Caulfield stable.
"He’s in the first top three at this stage," Price said. "Whether he ends up being the best horse, time will tell but he’s definitely the more precocious.
"We’ll just get him home and makes sure his shins and knees are OK, but he’s a very sound horse.
Profiteer, who by was a $165,000 yearling purchase by the Roll The Dice syndicate, is out of Snitzel mare Athena Lass, who herself won on debut before being placed in the Quezette Stakes.
Starting at $4, he had a two and three quarter length margin over $2,60 favourite Ranveer with here quarters of a length to Sunday Yum Cha.