Complacent To Miss Guineas

Peter Snowden has revealed Complacent won’t be running in the $500,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 1.

Currently rated the $11 third favourite in the early betting in the fixed odds market, Snowden said the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) runner-up would race solely in Sydney during the autumn.

“All his runs will be in Sydney and at this stage his first run will be in the Hobartville Stakes (1400m),” Snowden said.

Snowden said progressive Exceed And Excel colt San Diego would head Darley’s Australian Guineas charge.

Runner-up behind Victoria Derby winner Polanski in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield in October, Snowden said the three-year-old was also a chance of backing up into the Group 1 Darley Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 8.

“San Diego has stayed down here (Victoria) since the Spring and he’ll have his first start in the (Group 3) C.S. Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on February 15 and then the Australian Guineas,” he said.

“He’s probably about another week off a trial. Though he’s not huge, he looks well and I’m happy with him.

“I won’t take him beyond 2000 metres this time around. I think he really struggled at a mile-and-a-half (2400m) so I’ll keep him at a mile (1600m) to 2000m.”

San Diego is currently rated a $26 chance in the Australian Guineas and is priced at $35 in the Australian Cup.

– Racing Victoria


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