The Russell Stewart-trained pair Swear To God and Street Parade will debut to enhance their Pinnacles credentials during their respective missions at Belmont tomorrow.
Both three-year-olds made a big impression in underage campaigns, with the Street Parade set in Perth shares listed (1100m)while Swear To God won two out of three starts.
The street parade returns in the Prive Fashion Platform Handicap (1000m), where he will go head-to-head with older horses.
Stewart said tomorrow’s race is a great way to kick off the Street Parade campaign.
“They’re a good target to win a subway ride for three-year-olds in their first three years,” Stewart told TABradio.
“His testing showed me, and all stats at home, he lost nothing.
“If anything, he probably gained a little bit.
“I think it’s going to be very difficult for him to beat this match.”
Street Parade won his Ascot debut last November and ranks in his next four starts.
Gelding was defeated six lengths by Amelia’s Gem in Karrakatta Plate (1200m) at his most recent start.
Lucky Street’s son gets TABtouch’s favorite $2.60 for his first mission, while Ghost Who Walks ($5), Queenship and Go Forward ($6) are others in the figures Single.
Stewart decided to keep Swear To God in its own age group for a comeback, with the pony lining up for the October 8 Ascot Opening Day Disc (1000m).
Taj Dyson joins the Swear To God program, with Stewart choosing to use the young equestrian’s 3kg claim.
Stewart said he is confident that Playing God’s son will run well, but feels he will be a better fit for distant players.
“He went through the testing process well,” he said.
“All signs are promising him to run a very good race tomorrow.
“1000m would probably be a short distance.
“I had him in 66+ 1200m later in the day, that was my goal.”
Despite the short-term travel anxiety, Swear To God was a favorite with its $2.70 TABtouch, ahead of the All Show ($3).
Stewart said he hopes both Swear To God and Street Parade can go to $500,000 stake in plaid box (1200 million) on the opening day of The Pinnacles.
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