The unbeaten Antagonize for Bryan Smart is set to put his Classic credentials and unbeaten record on the line during the Listed Burradon Stakes at Newcastle on Good Friday.
The colt has won on both his previous starts as a juvenile, and could still enter the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket next month.
Smart is only too happy to continue racing his talented colt on the all-weather tracks at present due to the prevalent fast ground. After all, he was already won on the all-weather ground.
Speaking to reporters, Smart said:
“That’s where it looks like we’re going. Graham (Lee) came in and rode him work on Friday and was very impressed with him; he seems great.
“We’re very pleased with where he is at the moment, we’re bringing him along slowly, but being perfectly honest we want some rain. It’s very dry everywhere already and if it doesn’t rain soon – and there’s none forecast – we could be in bother.
“I’ve got a nice two-year-old who won first time out (Proper Beau), and I’d like to rerun him, but I wouldn’t run him anywhere at the moment.
“I’ve no idea how good Antagonize is, to be honest, he won both his races last year despite looking like a baby. He’s bred to get a mile from the sire, but his dam was very speedy.
“He’s a half-brother to Green Power, who is a speedy horse, and I’ve also got the half-sister that I like a lot. She looks sharp, but she’s not unlike him in build. I hope we’ve another nice filly on our hands.
“We’ll take him up to Newcastle, where he’s won, and see how we get on.”