CHRISTIAN Reith is adamant rapidly rising Darley colt Complacent will develop into a Cups horse this time next year after the pair completed the Gloaming/Spring Champion Stakes double at Royal Randwick yesterday.
Reith was deputising for Darley’s resident jockey Kerrin McEvoy who was required at Caulfield and managed to turn in the perfect ride aboard Sheikh Mohammed’s three-year-old.
Just as he had in the Gloaming two weeks earlier, Complacent settled in the perfect trailing position behind saving ground along the fence.
A confident looking Reith drove the colt through a gap up the rise setting up a winning break holding off a wall of horses including VRC Derby bound Criterion with Gloaming runner-up Savvy Nature close up in third spot.
“I was bolting the whole way and I knew I would be the way he worked on Tuesday morning,” Reith said.
“The speed was a bit muddling earlier which is why we settled closer but once Equator went forward they rolled along nicely. Once we got to the corner I pushed Jay Ford out the road, pushed the button, and away we went.”
Complacent’s victory was Reith’s second Group One win following his breakthrough effort on Nechita in last year’s Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.
“This is better,” Reith declared, “I do a lot of work at Darley, we are all very tight together. Tireless hours in the morning — makes it all worth it. Especially when you have a close knit stable, it makes it all the better.
“And Peter (Snowden) is a master isn’t he, he sets them for the right race and they get the job done.”
David Payne was delighted with the effort of former start juvenile Criterion who relished the step up to 2000m.
“That just confirmed it and I think if they went a bit faster he might have finished off even better,” Payne said.
While Criterion booked himself a ticket to Melbourne for the November 2 classic, stablemate Rock Hero will spend the next few months preparing for the autumn.
“I think this preparation, it’s just been too much for him, it’s only his first preparation so it’s tough.”
Champion jockey Jim Cassidy will have to wait for another day to record his 100th Group 1 inning milestone but was full of praise for Savabeel son Savvy Nature.
“The winner sat in the box-seat, we were six lengths off them and (he) just struggled to truck into it but overall I thought he run was good,’’ Cassidy said.
“I think a back-up will do him good.
The same can’t be said for Drago — who limped into seventh.
“He didn’t run through the line like a horse who is looking for a Derby distance,’’ jockey Peter Robl said.