We may not be able to travel far from our bubbles but we can see a bit of Australia from our armchairs this weekend following the Go Racing runners across the Tasman.
Promising 3YO Sacred Suite has a second crack at the Australian cherry after a first up run full of merit.
He’s racing today at Newcastle in a maiden 1500 metre handicap, worth $31,500. He is in race 1, has drawn barrier 7 and Christian Reith will do the riding.
Says Racing Manager Albert Bosma, “He has drawn a little awkwardly in gate 7 out 8, however it is a small field and from here we will leave it up to Christian’s experience to get him settled in a nice position with cover. It is a strong maiden field again for him, but the step up in distance will definitely suit. We want to get him into a nice rhythm with cover and once balanced-up in the roomy home straight of Newcastle, he can really attack the line in the concluding stages of the race.”
Trainer Chris Waller is happy with Sacred Suite going into today’s race.’ His first-up race at Kembla Grange was full of merit and he really hit the line well in that race. He has taken a lot of natural improvement from his debut run.”
There are four Go Racing horses competing at the Aquis Park Gold Coast on Friday.
Man of Sinn has had an impressive two starts for two seconds to his career and looks to break maiden ranks in the 2nd race, the maiden 1400 metres.
Says Albert, “He’s a super stayer in the making so this is well short of his best distance but it’s early in his career and he’s learning all the time. Unfortunately we’ve been handed the visitor’s draw again with barrier 14 so it will be a hard ask. He is probably going to have to use a lot of gas early and getting cover or at least one-off will be a key.”
Impressive euro import Raqeeq is looking for a third win in Queensland when he competes in race 4, the benchmark 90 2200 metres. He has drawn awkwardly though with barrier 5 of 6 but does have Glen Colless in the saddle.
Says Albert, “It’s a similar field to one he ran in last start for 4th as the favourite. This time we might try to be more aggressive on him from the start and he has got a bit better pull at the weights this time and is very fit. Because of these factors he might be able to make it a bit more of a staying test than it was last time.”
Fairy Me Home, a very consistent horse who has trialled well, runs in race 5, a class 3 1800 metres.
“Settling in a race is his work-on, and he is improving all the time in this regard. Unfortunately he didn’t get a great barrier draw with barrier 14 so it may be difficult for jockey Glen Colless to settle him handyish which we see as a key to this race and not giving the rest of the field a big head start. With cover and not giving the leaders a big head start, he is a genuine winning chance.
Stardome rounds out the quartet kicking off his campaign this time in racing in a class 6 1400 metres. He has drawn barrier 9 and has Michael Cahill on board carrying 55.5kg. But it isn’t an ideal race for him.
“He would be racing well out of his grade so it would just be a starting point. With the changes to programming with COVID-19 this was the best only for him this week. If he doesn’t run there is another race for him on 1 May which would suit better – a rating 75 1400 metres,” says Albert.