A bullish Bede Murray remains quietly confident about the chances of Sure And Fast despite bookmakers taking a set against the colt in today's Breeders' Plate (1000m).
The son of Not A Single Doubt was being shopped at $71 in early markets with TAB Sportsbet last night for one of the first stakes races of the two-year-old season.
Fitted with just one lead-up trial, a narrow second to Alkadabra, Sure And Fast will start the rank outsider in the field.
Alkadabra was tightened into $11 for the Breeders' Plate with Gai Waterhouse's Wandjina holding court at $2.50.
Gerald Ryan's Tetsuko ($2.70) heads betting in the Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) for the girls.
Quizzed on whether he was surprised to see Sure And Fast offered at such luxurious odds in the boys division, Murray said: "I am. The horse that only just beat him [in the Randwick trial] is only 11/1. I think he's a little bit over the odds, but we don't mind. He's shown ability from day one. He came straight from the breakers and this is his first preparation and he's going really well. I'd like to think he's a reasonable price."
Murray is preparing his smallest team of two-year-olds for some time, a far cry from the six babies he entered for the corresponding race in 2010.
It's now been 12 years since he prepared Victory Vein to scale the top of the two-year-old ranks and Murray's enthusiasm for the juveniles is likely to be invested in Sure And Fast this season.
"He's shown ability from day one," he said of the $60,000 yearling purchase. "I think babies have always got to go forward [in the run] and hope you get a bit of luck and we'll do that [today].
"He'll probably go straight out for a short break because there's a few nice Inglis classic races if he goes good enough [today]. They're nice races if you've got a nice horse."
Kathy O'Hara will take over from Christian Reith, who nursed Sure And Fast in his only trial.
O'Hara will also have her first look at the Kerry Parker-trained Planet Purple in the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).
Planet Purple, after ploughing on for third in the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) last week, was last night listed a $151 chance in the premier staying event of the Sydney spring carnival.