Maher & Eustace Eyeing 2YO Majors in Autumn

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Mon 14th December 2020

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace operation appear to have the premier two-year-old autumn events in a stranglehold, with budding stars Acrobat and Enthaar dominating early markets.

Acrobat, the son of Fastnet Rock and a full brother to 2015 Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond placegetter Lake Geneva, impressed punters on Saturday when winning the Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Randwick.

“He’s a colt that has shown an awful lot throughout this preparation and the previous one,” Eustace said to RSN 927.

“He’s always been very professional, he was broken in by Coolmore and they were kind enough to send him to us.

“He was obviously very impressive yesterday and I think the front two are good horses and they pulled well clear.”

Eustace confirmed that Acrobat would be heading towards a Golden Slipper as his grand final.

“The Slipper is the main goal,” he said.

“He’ll probably have to go through a regular route down a traditional lead-in to the Slipper.

“He won’t go out of work, he’ll stay in work.

“He went to the beach this morning and we’ll just keep ticking him over, and just spend the next few days working out a path.”

Acrobat has been installed as the $11 second favourite for the Golden Slipper behind stablemate Enthaar, who is currently the $6 first elect.

Ciaron Maher has confirmed that Enthaar’s preparation would be geared towards the Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), where she is currently the $4 favourite.

“She is great down in Melbourne and is ticking away towards the Blue Diamond,” Maher said.

“We are very determined (to win a major).

“We have had a fourth (in the Blue Diamond) and second in the Golden Slipper.”

From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.