2016 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes Ideal for Good Standing

March 29th, 2016

Good Standing was unable to make much of an impact in the Golden Slipper a fortnight ago, however jockey Hugh Bowman is confident the classy colt will relish a step up to 1400m for Saturday’s 2016 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick.

Good Standing will line up for Saturday's Group 1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart

Good Standing will line up for Saturday’s Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart

Good Standing was rated something of an outside chance of success in the Golden Slipper but was forced to settle off the pace of the race’s early leaders and was unable to find much of a sprint in the final straight; eventually finishing seven lengths off the pace of winner Capitalist in tenth.

Confident the son of Artie Schiller is looking for more distance, Bowman told Racing Ahead the colt has taken plenty of benefit from his two runs this time and will line up for the 2016 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes a picture of health.

“You’d have to say he was disappointing in the Golden Slipper, not much went his way mind you,” Bowman said.

“In saying that, I don’t think it cost him winning or even running a place.

“He’s going to be more suited at 1400m and even a mile, and win lose or draw he’ll be one to follow come the spring time for a race like the Caulfield Guineas I’d imagine.”

Producing a number of good performances amongst notable company in a handful of barrier trials prior to his competitive debut, Good Standing immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow when running second to subsequent Golden Slipper runner-up Yankee Rose in the Jim Cassidy Golden Gift (1100m) at Rosehill on November 21st.

Beating a number of strong runners to the line in another talent-rich Randwick trial on February 19th, Good Standing jumped from the barriers well in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 27th; receiving a good run in transit before producing a strong turn of foot to hit the line a length in the clear of closest rival Lionhearted.

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