Kermadec sharp ahead of Randwick outing

Tye Angland has given Kermadec the thumbs up. AAP

RACING: The Chris Waller stable is expecting a bold return from stable star Kermadec in Saturday's Group Two Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.

The Doncaster Handicap winner ran a slashing exhibition gallop between races at Rosehill last Saturday, leaving jockey Tye Angland hugely impressed.

"I felt like I just drove a Ferrari," he quipped after Kermadec carved out the 1000m gallop in 1.02.8 seconds, outstanding work and a strong indication Waller has him ready for a first-up tilt this weekend.

"That will have him pretty sharp for Saturday," said Waller, who has identified the Group One George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 20 as the four-year-old's main spring target.

Waller has booked veteran Melbourne jockey Glenn Boss for Kermadec's comeback against what looks to be a quality field of gallopers in the Warwick Stakes.

Outstanding mares First Seal and Royal Descent, Brisbane winter carnival star Pornichet, Melbourne Cup placegetter Who Shot The Barman and 2014 VRC Derby winner Preferment have all been nominated for the race.

Waller said a trip to Melbourne during the spring was also on the cards for Kermadec, who is rated a $21 chance in early betting for the $3 million Cox Plate (2000m) at Moonee Valley in October.

The trainer has said previously he wasn't convinced Kermadec was up to matching it with the best weight-for-age horses in the world in the Cox Plate, suggesting lesser races, including the Underwood Stakes or Makybe Diva Stakes, would be more likely targets.

Waller is also weighing up his options for emerging sprinter Japonisme who cruised to a fourth straight win in the San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday, lowering the colours of Gai Waterhouse's previously-unbeaten colt Vancouver.

"I think we have a Group One horse on our hands," said a delighted Waller after the easy win.

Vancouver is still favourite for the $1 million Golden Rose at $2.90 with Unibet but Japonisme was the big shortener after the weekend, coming in from $26 to $6 after his San Domenico victory.

- WAYNE HEMING



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