AceHighcontinuesGroupOnepath

February20,20185:49pm。

byAAP

AceHighwona1400-metreraceasalate-twoyear-oldbuttrainerDavidPayneisnotpinninghishopesonanothershort-coursevictoryintheHobartvilleStakes。

WhathehopestoseeatRosehillonSaturdayisthecolthittingthelinehardastheVictoriaDerbywinnerbuildsintoapreparationaimedatmoreClassicgloryandapossibleclashwithWinx。

Itsatoughfieldwiththebestthree-year-oldsaround,Paynesaid。

ItsgoingtobetooshortforAceHighbutheneedstoracetogetthefitnessintohim。

Hewillbemuchbetterwhenhegetsuptothe1600and2000metresoftheRandwickandRosehillGuineas。

Heisamuchbiggerandstrongerhorsethanhewasinthespring。

Hehasreallycomeon。

AceHighwontheGroupThreeGloamingStakes(1800m)beforeclaimingaGroupOnedoubleoftheSpringChampionStakes(2000m)andtheVictoriaDerby(2500m)。

Hefinishedfifth,beaten2-1/4lengths,intheExpresswayStakes(1200m)lastSaturdayweek。

TheracewaswonbyTrapezeArtist,thewinneroftheGoldenRoseinthespringandanopponentonSaturday。

PayneandAceHighsownerJohnCordinawilldecideaftertheRosehillGuineasonMarch24whethertoaimAceHighattheAustralianDerbytwoweekslaterortheQueenElizabethStakesonApril14,orperhapsboth。

TheQueenElizabethisaracealsoonWinxsprogram。

PaynebelievesAceHighisabetterhorsethanCriterionwhohetrainedtowinthe2014RosehillGuineas/AustralianDerbydouble。

CriterionwaslatertransferredtoDavidHayesandfinishedsecondtoWinxinthe2015CoxPlate,beatenalmostfivelengths。

Last-startEskimoPrinceStakeswinnerKementariistheearlyfavouriteat$2。