2015 Caulfield Stakes an Option for Complacent

July 16th, 2015

Forgotten Group 1 winner Complacent has not been seen at the races for the better part of two years, however trainer John O’Shea has revealed the rising five-year-old in nearing a competitive return for a Spring Carnival campaign likely to be geared towards races like the 2015 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) in October.

Complacent may contest the 2015 Caulfield Stakes during his Spring Carnival campaign. Photo: Steve Hart

Complacent may contest the 2015 Caulfield Stakes during his Spring Carnival campaign. Photo: Steve Hart

Complacent is yet to finish outside the first three through only six career starts, but stamped his claims as one to watch through the 2013 Spring Carnival, highlighted by a near-two length win in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).

Having been plagues by a string of unfortunate injuries since running second to Polanski in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at the conclusion of the 2013 Spring Carnival, O’Shea told Racing Ahead the entire is completely over all issues and is confident of a competitive preparation this time.

“It’s not as if he’s been convalescing for the whole time since the Victoria Derby, he’s had a number of successful preparations in the stable where we’ve been more than happy with what he’s done,” O’Shea said.

“We got him up in the autumn and by the time we got him going there was the 1400 All Aged Stakes which would have been a waste of time giving him a barrier trial there.

“He’s obviously a very talented horse so once we get him going, if he’s going well then he’ll be entered for all of the features and he’ll tell us where he fits in.”

Debuting for consecutive second place finishes in the Perfection Fresh Australia Maiden (1300m) and Become An ATC Sponsor Handicap (1400m) during the 2013 winter, Complacent returned to racing in spring for a maiden win in the Hawkesbury Race Club Motel Maiden (1400m).

Making a successful transition to black type racing in taking out the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) in his only other start prior to his Spring Champion Stakes triumph, a first-up target is yet to be set for Complacent this time.

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