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Retro Stylebender Earns Bondi Shot


October 23, 2020 4:58 pm.

Bryce Heys realises the enormity of the duty Stylebender faces within the Bondi Stakes however the coach thinks his enhancing colt may give sight within the $1 million race at Randwick.

The lightly-raced Stylebender nonetheless carries a maiden tag and is clearly a piece in progress, however after an improved efficiency at Hawkesbury connections have been eager to push on to Saturday’s wealthy three-year-old function.

“We have been aiming at this race from the outset of this preparation,” Heys mentioned.

“It’s not best he hasn’t gained a race however the way in which he has educated on since his final run, we thought we’d have a go.

“There’s just a few forward of him on kind and so they may be a contact sturdy however he’s drawn gate for a change and with a cheap run in transit, I anticipate him to be sturdy late.”

Stylebender clearly appreciated the addition of blinkers and an increase to 1600m final begin when he made late floor from the tail of the sector to complete second to the Clarry Conners-trained Actual Peace, who can be a runner within the Bondi Stakes.

Heys confirmed the son of ill-fated New Zealand sire Tavistock has a date deliberate with the veterinarian’s scalpel and can head for a spell after Saturday.

“He’s nonetheless fairly immature bodily however he does look to have some staying potential so gelding will assist him,” he mentioned.

Heys bought Stylebender privately after he was handed in at a able to run sale in New Zealand final November.

“He’s out of a really stout French household on his mom’s facet and we hope he’ll finally get to 2400 metres,” Heys mentioned.

Champion South African coach Mike de Kock has a a number of stakes successful half-brother to Stylebender known as Frosted Gold.

“The ATC Derby could also be too quickly however we’d like to see him get to a Queensland Derby,” Heys mentioned.

“He’s in all probability nonetheless one other preparation away however he’s pretty much as good as we will have him. He’s labored rather well and he appears superior.”

Heys educated dash sensation Spieth, who was a slim second in two Group Ones and now stands at Aquis Farm within the Hunter Valley.

Spieth’s oldest progeny are yearlings and Heys already has just a few booked to hitch his steady subsequent 12 months.

“We have now a pair on the bottom that shall be damaged in after Christmas and they’re sturdy trying varieties with a little bit of high quality about them,” he mentioned.


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