Material Man Returns Home

21
Feb

Jason Miller believes there is still plenty of racing left in Material Man and outlined a Belmont winter campaign for his latest acquisition.

Off the scene since an interstate campaign last year, Miller will oversee Material Man’s immediate future.

Material Man remained in Melbourne after his bid to win the All Star Mile 12-months ago fell short.

Culminating an interstate preparation for Perth trainer, Justin Warwick, Material Man was no match for Mystic Journey.

The gelding stayed in Melbourne for a spring assault, but failed to flatter  in three outings for Mornington horseman, Pat Carey.

Material Man campaigned in Melbourne after Group 1 placings in the Railway Stakes (1600m) and Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in 2018.

Material Man reached a career high under Warwick with seven black-type victories and shared WA Horse of the Year honours with Pounamu in 2018.

The son of Vital Equine is a winner of 14 races from 32 starts with seven minor placings and has amassed $1,736,150 in stake earnings.

Miller said he was delighted to have secured a galloper of Material Man’s status to his stable.

“I’ve had him for about 2 ½ weeks, but the early signs are good and I’m really happy,” Miller told The Races WA.

“If he comes up then the Belmont Sprint, the Hyperion Stakes and the Strickland Stakes are his targets.

“I will step up his work, but at the moment he feels good and wants to be a racehorse and be here, so that’s a good sign.

“He is an eight-year-old, but he is bright and happy I think he has wins in front of him.

“Just because he is an older horse doesn’t mean he can’t be competitive again.”

The Belmont Sprint (1400m) is run on May 30, the Hyperion Stakes (1600m) on June 13 and the Strickland Stakes (2000m) two weeks later.

Material Man won the same three races in a golden winter run in 2018.

Meanwhile Miller said his exciting filly Naughty By Nature remains on track for an Oaks campaign after her top second to Superstorm in last Saturday’s Listed Challenge Stakes (1500m).

“She has pulled up super and jumping out of her skin,” Miller said.

“I think she is going to be hard to beat going forward.

“If she can stay she’ll go to the Oaks.”

The WA Oaks, a Group 3 event over 2400m, is staged at Ascot on March 28.

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au