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This year’s Sun Met hero Whisky Baron begins his overseas campaign on Friday when he lines up in the Shadwell Joel Stakes (Grade 2) over the Newmarket straight 1600m at 4.35pm South African time with regular pilot Greg Cheyne aboard.

Speaking from the UK, trainer Brett Crawford was positive about the five-year-old’s progress.

‘’His prep has gone very nicely, but we hope there’s no further rain as he would prefer firmer ground. He’s very well but as he hasn’t raced since the Met in January he may need it slightly,” was how he summed up his stable star’s chances.

Looking at the weather forecast, some light rain is expected on race day but nothing prior to that so the ground shouldn’t be bottomless.

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