Star 3YOs ready to take next step

Jon Snow (Damian Lane) racing away with the Australian Derby and now a prime candidate for the Caulfield Cup.

Jon Snow (Damian Lane) racing away with the Australian Derby and now a prime candidate for the Caulfield Cup.

The King and Queen of the three-year-olds at this year’s Sydney Autumn Carnival are progressing well towards important Melbourne goals.

Jon Snow and Bonneval, the pair who gave Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman a notable Group One double when landing the Australian Derby and Australian Oaks respectively, returned to work early this month and are likely to have their four-year-old debuts in the Gr.1 $A1 million NZ Bloodstock Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on September 2.

“We couldn’t be happier at this stage, but there’s still a lot of water to go under the bridge,” said Forsman.

“We’ll probably look at giving them a trial here in early August then get them over to Melbourne in the middle of August.”

Bonneval (Hugh Bowman) cruising to an impressive Australian Oaks win. (Photo: Mark Bradley).

Bonneval (Hugh Bowman) cruising to an impressive Australian Oaks win. (Photo: Mark Bradley).

Both smart gallopers are high in the market for the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup and in the case of Jon Snow he will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of a former stablemate Mongolian Khan, who won the 2015 Australian Derby then went on to take the Caulfield Cup.

“They are both stronger, but obviously you’d expect that going from three to four years old,” said Forsman.

“Obviously they are both Caulfield Cup candidates so that would be the target at this stage unless one of them puts their hand up and says they are good enough to take on Winx (in the Cox Plate). I think otherwise we’ll be steering in that direction.”

Jon Snow won the Tulloch Stakes in the lead-up to Australian Derby, while Bonneval preceded her Australian Oaks win with a game victory in the Gr.1 Wellfield NZ Oaks at Trentham.

Baker and Forsman also have Lizzie L’Amour, another Group One winner, scheduled for Cups campaign, with VRC Oaks placegetter Eleonora could also make it to Melbourne.