Apprentice Lewis German knows he can’t look too far past his ride on The Kosciuszko favourite Front Page at Saturday’s Caulfield meeting.
Front Page leapt to the top of Kosciuszko betting with three impressive wins, including a Listed win at Flemington, late in his three-year-old season.
Connections did a deal with slot holders at the William Farrar Hotel in Wagga, ensuring Front Page will compete for $1.3 million at Randwick on October 17.
German is understandably desperate to be aboard Front Page in The Kosciuszko. But a lot needs to go the 21-year-old’s way before that happens, even if trainer Geoff Duryea gives him the nod.
“He’s very loyal and he’ll be going to Sydney so it will be interesting to see what happens,” German said.
“It will be up to Geoff and the owners. Do they want a Sydney jockey? I’ll just have to wait.
“I think they had James McDonald in mind, obviously. He’s a great jockey.”
Lewis German also had city success on Front Page’s sister News Girl. Photo: George Salpigtidis/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
But German has first crack on Front Page in Saturday Henley Homes APC Handicap (1100m) at Caulfield.
Front Page tackles open class for the first time in the $125,000 contest. His opposition includes Group 1 winner Despatch and Oakleigh Plate placegetter Crystal Dreamer.
German said the race would be a great test for Front Page but his 2kg claim would be a big asset to the sprinter on Saturday.
“He’s placed really well because Geoff isn’t over-rating the horse,” German said.
“Geoff knows him well and wants to take him through his grades so it’s a good race for him first-up.
“He’ll get the claim so he’s down to 52 (kg) and have the lightest weight in the race with a good barrier.
“I think it’s a very suitable race for him first-up.”
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