It has been a long wait for the debut of sale-topping Deep Impact colt Profondo but trainer Richard Litt says the time is right to unveil him at Kensington on Wednesday.
Litt has done his best to treat the three-year-old like any other horse at home but realises a $1.9 million sale price, at Magic Millions in 2020, comes with a high level of interest, expectation and, after several impressive trial wins, hype.
Litt said he had prepared Profondo without pressure and had done everything he could to produce a first-up win.
“We’re excited to kick him off, we’ve given him plenty of time and his trials have been good, so everything seems well aligned,” Litt said.
“Everything has fallen into place nicely, we’re very happy, but it’s just like kicking off any horse. And he is like any other horse, he doesn’t know his price tag. We have a system, a way we like to train, and he has fitted into that.
“There’s been no pressure from anyone, he’s very exciting but at the same time we’re just trying to do our job and do it right.”
Profondo, out of group 3 winner Honesty Prevails, has trialled four times in total. He first appeared in April, then won a Randwick heat on May 3.
He had a short winter break and won two trials on the synthetic at home, over 740m and 1175m, in August with a turn of foot over the short course that was hard to miss.
Litt said he wanted to kick Profondo off in his comfort zone as he didn’t want to see the horse scrubbed along chasing in a sprint race.