It is five months to the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) at Ascot, but top hoop Shaun McGruddy could be faced with a difficult decision, however; it’s a position most jockeys would dream to be in.
After securing plum two-year-old rides this season, McGruddy will have a choice between Lordhelpmerun, Black Sabbath and Special Reward in the $500,000 WA Guineas in November.
Although he won’t be drawn on his Guineas plan, McGruddy is in an enviable position after he partnered the Steve Wolfe-trained Lordhelpmerun to win the WA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in April.
He then combined with Rob and Todd Harvey’s boom Blackfriars gelding, Black Sabbath, who looks a real find and remains undefeated after recording two explosive front running victories last month.
Yesterday, Special Reward, trained by Simon Miller, entered the Guineas mix when he led and scored a comfortable victory in the Quayclean Plate (1300m), defeating Kelly’s Callisto by 2 ¼ lengths.
The Demerit gelding, who has fought back from a near-fatal infection, has two wins from two starts after producing a similar jump and run win when making his debut at Belmont on June 6.
McGruddy says he has time to ponder his Guineas ride.
“I have no idea and I have to think about it,” McGruddy said.
“He’s (Special Reward) as good as the others.
“Lordhelpmerun’s win in the Sires was phenomenal.
“Black Sabbath has a heap of speed and takes a big stride.
“They will all be heading to the Guineas and are winning chances.
“I’m going away for a month and will think about it over that time.”