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Kiwi colt ready to shine

17 October 2017, 1:40 p.m.

Matamata three-year-old Summer Passage is in the right order to execute a back-up plan at Caulfield on Wednesday.

He will step out in the Gr.3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) after connections opted to bypass Saturday’s Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), in which the colt would have jumped from the widest gate in a capacity field.

Summer Passage Photo: Trish Dunell Photography

“The horse that drew the outside (Sanctioned) finished midfield and that could quite easily have been us,” said Andrew Scott, who trains Summer Passage with Lance O’Sullivan. “The horse that won (Mighty Boss) had the most economical run in the race.

“It would have been a very tall order for our bloke and we want to give the horse at least a fighting chance over here.”

Summer Passage will get his opportunity in the Blue Sapphire Stakes, in which he has barrier eight in a 10-horse field. He will be ridden by Hugh Bowman.

“The gate’s obviously a bit tricky so a lot will depend on how he jumps,” Scott said. “He’s got a top jockey and he will be able to give us the right feedback.

“All we want is to give the horse the opportunity to perform as well as we know he can.”

Summer Passage is coming off a last-start second in the Gr.3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) and Scott said the son of Snitzel had done very well in the interim.

“We’re really pleased with the way he has progressed. He had a quiet gallop on Monday so hopefully he can get a good run and perform very well.”

That being the case, Summer Passage will head to the A$1 million Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 4. – NZ Racing Desk.