Sargent sweating on Spring Champion start

Trainer John Sargent is desperate to see first emergency Favreau take his place in Saturday’s Spring Champion Stakes after the emerging stayer narrowly missed the cut in the Group 1 field.

Favreau was unlucky number 15 in the order of acceptors for the $1 million feature which will be run over 2000m this weekend.

The Group 1 field was capped at 14 runners for safety reasons with the rail out four metres between the 2000m and 1600m and six metres the remainder.

It leaves Sargent needing a rival runner to be scratched from the Spring Champion, where he believes Favreau can be a contender.

“I am just hoping he gets a run because he is very well,” Sargent said.

“It is a shame and there is the hope that the horse of Chris Waller‘s that is a double acceptor (Global Quest) goes to the Stan Fox Stakes.”

The Spring Champion Stakes has rarely been staged with a capacity field in recent times but Sargent believes the coronavirus pandemic has made competition for spots in the race more difficult in 2020.

The Australian Turf Club elected to change the rail position at the meeting on Monday to allow for an increased field capacity in the Group 1 but it wasn’t enough to get Sargent’s hope in the field.

“You just have to roll with it,” Sargent said.

“You’d think they could perhaps make the race further to avoid (field restrictions) when the rail is out but obviously with The Everest next week they want to look after it.

“That‘s the way they’ve always done it and you just have to roll with it.”

Sargent has several back up options in mind if Favreau can’t get a run with the son of Tavistock also nominated for maidens at Hawkesbury (Sunday) and Newcastle (Tuesday).

Next Saturday’s Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) at Randwick is also an option.

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But Sargent is most keen to see Favreau line up in his maiden Group 1 assignment after a strong performance when finishing fourth in the Gloaming Stakes last start.

Favreau, who Sargent believes in a Derby horse, drew barrier 12 on Wednesday for the staying test.

“If it is a hard run 2000m he would be right there in the finish,” Sargent said.

“He has gone up another level since the Gloaming Stakes and is flying at the moment.

“We have options if he doesn‘t get in the field.

“We could go to Newcastle next Tuesday or Hawkesbury on Sunday and even the Craven Plate is an option for him.”

Favreau is $26 with TAB.com.au for the Spring Champion.

Sargent also has a pair of stakes chances in the Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m) on the weekend.

Recent Group 2 Golden Pendant runner-up Emeralds headlines the duo with Jason Collett booked to ride while Sargent also saddles up House Of Cartier, which has Sam Clipperton aboard.

“Emeralds is in the right form, has drawn nicely and should hit the line strong again,” Sargent said.

“I thought House Of Cartier would be similar odds to her but she is long odds.

“I would expect if the breaks go her way she would be hitting the line too.”

Originally published asCapacity field has Sargent sweating on Spring Champion start

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