CROWN Oaks placegetter Summerbliss headlines a strong team of three-year-olds for Mick Kent heading into the autumn.
Summerbliss, a three-length third behind behind Dear Demi, and the unbeaten duo - Phillipi and High Shot, are all gearing up for the autumn both in Melbourne and Sydney.
Kent said he’ll target the $500,000 AJC Oaks on April 20 with Summerbliss, which progressed to winning a Maiden on debut at Ballarat to running third in the Crown Oaks within three starts at her first preparation.
“When you go all the way to the VRC Oaks you don’t always get up in time for the AJC Oaks, but we had a light prep last time and we’re only going to give her a light prep into it (the AJC Oaks),” Kent said.
“With her big European galloping action, I’m hoping she might handle a bit of soft ground.”
Kent said Phillipi, a winner of all his three starts, including the Listed UCI Stakes at Flemington, where he defeated subsequent Norman Robinson winner Hvasstan, has benefited from not being pushed towards the Victoria Derby.
“I really did the right thing spelling him, he looks terrific,” Kent said.
“There’s a couple of ways to go with him. If he’s good enough he’ll run in the Australian Guineas otherwise he will go to the Autumn Classic, Alister Clark, Rosehill Guineas way.”
High Shot, a most impressive winner on debut at Cranbourne on October 12, is also back in Kent’s Cranbourne stables.