Perth trainer Simon Miller has announced big race plans for his promising four-year-old Special Reward after he impressively won a Lark Hill trial on Monday.
Ridden by Chris Parnham, Special Reward sat outside of the leader and extended strongly in the straight to defeat stable mate Lady Cosmology and Gatting.
The Demerit gelding, who is coming off an unbeaten autumn campaign, was never troubled and won his 950m heat in 55.46sec., the fastest trial of the morning.
“He’s a good horse who we thought would come back better and that was proven today,” Miller told The Races WA.
“Chris (Parnham) backed that up as well.
“He didn’t have much of a blow so he will be cherry-ripe first-up.
“It’s what you wanted from a training point of view.
“He will go to the Birthday Stakes and if he were to win that there is a Listed race in Melbourne possibly.
“Or if he blows them away he goes to the Schillachi.”
The winner of the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) on October 12 will gain a slot in The Everest, the world’s richest sprint race at Randwick a week later.
Miller said Lady Cosmology and Achernar Star, who ran second in heat four, will also launch their campaigns in the Birthday Stakes (1200m) in a fortnight.
Lady Cosmology stepped out for her first hit out after winning the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville last May.
“I couldn’t believe how well she trialled,” Miller said.
“I thought she was exceptional and they ran quick time.
“She was pulling ground late and had a good blow afterwards.
“That will trim her up.”
Achernar Star underlined his credentials last campaign when he racked up wins in the Bunbury Stakes (1400m) and Grandstand Cup (1500m) in March.
The five-year-old was winding up and doing his best work late.
“I thought he was good and surprised he ran good time with no shades on,” Miller said.
“It speaks volumes of where he is at and he’s come back bigger and stronger.”
Levitate is closing in on his debut after easily winning heat 10, leading and racing away to score by 4 ½ lengths.
Miller has placed big expectations on the Husson three-year-old.
“He’s big and raw and a carnival horse, Miller said.
“He did everything right and ran good time.
“But we don’t want to go too hard too early.”