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Stan Fox Stakes Next For Exciting Man Of His Word
Exciting 3YO Man Of His Word stamped himself as a potential Group horse with a highly impressive win in the Best Signs Class 1 Handicap (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday. And the son of Lope De Vega won't have to wait long to get his opportunity to race at black-type level with trainer Bruce Hill nominating him for the $200,000 Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday. Carrying the distinctive black and gold colours of Grand Syndicates, Man Of His Word was racing second-up from a spell on the weekend and showed explosive acceleration to come from eighth on the turn to blow his rivals away in the straight, recording a 2.5-length win, despite showing signs of greenness. Gold Coast trainer Bruce Hill has always had a big opinion of the rangy bay, and thought enough of him to include him in the early entries for the $1 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 10 and the Gr3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) at Caulfield on October 17. Saturday's Stan Fox Stakes is a vital stepping stone for Man Of His Word's Caulfield Guineas mission as he will need to add significantly to his current $29,900 prize money tally if he is going to secure himself a start, but more importantly it will indicate whether he is ready to compete against the best three-year-olds in Australasia.