Golden Slipper winner Farnan has ticked all the boxes and is ready to put a rollercoaster spring in the rear view mirror in Saturday’s Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
Co-trainer Adrian Bott has spent the past week in Melbourne with his stable’s star son of Not A Single Doubt and believes the valuable colt is ready to return to his best in the Group 1 test.
It has been far from an easy road for Farnan to reach the spring’s premier three-year-old sprint.
Bowman later had the ban overturned.
Farnan then had a series of setbacks that saw him miss the Roman Consul Stakes and lose his slot in The Everest.
Despite the turbulent preparation, there is confidence at Tulloch Lodge that Farnan is ready to deliver in his spring grand final after impressing in recent trials and jump outs.
TAB.com.au agree and have Farnan as a $5 equal favourite for the Coolmore alongside Chris Waller’s in-form filly September Run.
“He is ready to go,” Bott, who trains with Gai Waterhouse, said.
“He has pulled up well from his jump out last week down the straight which was just to give him a bit of experience anyway.
“It went well and he handled the straight but we didn’t need to do much with him.
“After his trial last week at Gosford, his fitness is already where it needs to be for Saturday.”
Farnan is set to receive an added boost this weekend with in-form jockey Glen Boss taking the ride for the first time this Saturday, just a week after he claimed his fourth Cox Plate aboard Sir Dragonet at The Valley.
The final field for the Coolmore Stud Stakes will be declared on Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, Waterhouse and Bott will target a Group 1 double on the Flemington card with Shout The Bar looking to return to her best in the Empire Rose Stakes (1600m).
The Not A Single Doubt mare has failed to recapture the same form that saw her win a Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes in the autumn
“She has travelled down in good order,” Bott said.
“We were tempted to keep her up there in Sydney and run her in the Golden Eagle but felt that 1500m might have been a bit too sharp for her.
“A strong mile against the older mares is where she is better placed and she can chase some more valuable black type.
“It also gives us the option to back up her a week later in the Matriarch.”