Bede Murray has confirmed eye-catching two-year-old triallist Sure And Fast is an entrant for the Breeders’ Plate (1000m) in what he describes as the most open field of juveniles for years.
The Kembla Grange colt stepped out for the first time in the first two-year-old trials of the new season, responding to riding from Christian Reith to finish a close-up second behind David Vandyke’s Alkadabra in the eighth heat.
Reith was also paired with another Murray-prepared two-year-old, Churchill Downs colt Chief In Command, which finished fifth in an earlier hitout.
‘‘I was very pleased with both of them and even the one going to the paddock [Chief In Command] trialled a lot better than I expected him to,’’ Murray said. ‘‘They behaved beautifully ... almost like they were old stagers and had done it before.
‘‘I thought all the two-year-olds [on Monday] at the trials were much more uniform. There were no big or outstanding two-year-olds that stood out over the rest and were fired up.’’
Murray parted with $60,000 to secure Sure And Fast, a Not A Single Doubt colt out of King’s Best mare Regal Attraction, with the hope he’ll be an early-running type.
He’ll get that wish when Sure And Fast lines up in the traditional two-year-old season opener for the boys on Saturday week.