Addictive Nature to Relish Step Up in Ming Dynasty

Bjorn Baker is confident promising colt Addictive Nature will be more suited with a step up in distance in Saturday's Group III Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m).

Bjorn Baker's Addictive Nature is set to relish the 1400m in Saturday's Group III Ming Dynasty. Photo: Bradley Photographers

The son of Savabeel signalled he is a horse with serious talent when leading throughout on debut at Warwick Farm in the Pluck@Vinery Handicap (1100m) to break a 13-year-old class record held by multiple Group I-winner Eremein.

The $775,000 Karaka yearling purchase was then sent around as the $2.45 favourite at Randwick in the Sprint (1200m) where he led into a strong head-wind before tiring late to be beaten 1-1/4 lengths by Queensland visitor Shogun Sun.

Baker feels his colt is primed to excel up in distance after the two strong performances over shorter trips.

"I think the 1400m should suit him, I'm really confident," Baker said. 

"He's third-up so he's got a pretty good set-up to run well.

"I thought his last run was good, he did everything but win. There was a bit of a breeze that day and he had to do all the work and the track was a bit of question mark as well.''

After his most recent performance Baker has taken Addictive Nature back to the trials to bridge the gap between runs.

"He had a trial at Kembla Grange last Wednesday and he relaxed off them and finished off well," he said.

"Although he settled in behind them at the trial we'll just put him where he's comfortable, we'll leave it up to Tim.

"He's drawn out a little bit so we'll just see how he jumps, he has got natural speed so we won't want to be giving away that."

Although the stable has a big opinion of Addictive Nature a decision on a spring target will be left until after the race on Saturday.

"He's shown a lot of ability, but regardless of what we think it's all irrelevant until race day comes around," Baker said.

"He's going well, I think 1400m will suit, he gets in with a good weight and Tim Clark knows him well so, we are definitely confident he'll run well. But we'll just until after the race to see what we'll do next."

Addictive Nature is currently the $4 favourite with Bet365 ahead of James Cummings' Animalia at $5.50.

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