“You look at him each morning when he comes out to work and he comes onto the track, he kicks off and squeals,” Thompson said.
“It’s like he’s a three or four-year-old. He’s loving his work. He has been sparingly raced though. He’s been looked after all of his career, and he’s never had a long prep and he’s always had a decent six-week plus spell. Longevity is a credit to his owner. He’s never insisted he have too many runs each prep.
“The scenario just suits him much better this year. He’s still on an upward spiral, but in previous years he’s peaked and he’s on his way back down. This time I still think he’s on the way up.”
Meanwhile, Peter and Paul Snowden have added Sires Produce placegetter Captivant to the Champagne Stakes nominations after Godolphin’s Sires Produce winner, Anamoe, was sent for a spell.
Hilal and Captivant, who filled the placings behind Anamoe in the second leg of the two-year-old triple crown, head the 14 Champagne Stakes nominations.
The Champagne Stakes and All Aged Stakes will be the final two group 1s of the Sydney autumn carnival.