Path Uncertain For Promising Pablo


Part-owner Wally Daly has a conundrum to consider, but it’s a challenge he certainly isn’t complaining about.

Daly and trainer Sean Casey are locked in discussion over what path Pablo’s Poem will take in the next few months.

The Lope De Vega gelding underlined his potential with an easy win at Belmont on Saturday, outgunning a competitive field of three-year-old rivals over 1200m.

Posting his second win from four starts, Pablo’s Poem led comfortably throughout and scored by 1 ¾ lengths from Sires’ Produce Stakes champion, Lordhelpmerun.

The Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) in November looms as a suitable target for Pablo’s Poem, but Daly said he is considering an alternative approach.

“He is a big horse who has a beautiful and massive stride,” Daly told Tabradio.

“I think he will acquit himself well in anything he has a crack at.

“We’ll give him three weeks off and I think we may just keep the horse sprinting.

“I don’t want to rush him out to the mile and things like that.

“Sometimes you get out to the mile they don’t sprint as well.

“While he is sprinting well we might keep him sprinting.

“I just don’t know yet, but there are a few things to consider.

“I think he will stretch to the mile, but we will think about it for a bit.”

Daly is hoping Pablo’s Poem can be the launching pad for a successful couple of weeks with his star sprinter Vega Magic on track for the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 13.

Daly races Vega Magic in partnership with his brother George and is hopeful of going one better after the six-year-old ran second to Redzel in last year’s Everest.

“I just got a track report from David Hayes and he looks well and everything seems ok,” Daly said.

“We got a little bit of a fright last week when Ollie (Damien Oliver) got injured and I didn’t want to go through all that trauma we had last year with jockeys getting rubbed out and changing.

“Damien is a mad Eagles supporter so will be very happy and I hope he can bring up a double and get the Everest for us.”

Daly said he holds slim hopes of Vega Magic, who commenced his racing career in Perth under the guidance of Sean Casey, returning home to tackle the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in December.

“The Everest last year was a very hard run and I think we made an error by continuing to race,” Daly said.

“We will see what sort of run he gets in The Everest, but I would like the Western Australian public to see him.

“I don’t know if there is enough time, let’s just wait and see, take it one step at a time and get The Everest out of the way.

“We will see how he performs and then we will look at it.”

Julio Santarelli