From Keith Dryden
Horse: Handle The Truth
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 5, The Kosciuszko) He’s gone perfectly for us and now we just need a good ride and some luck. But at this stage, I’m pretty happy with where I’m at with the horse. He went really well first up. He usually races well fresh and his record is also good second up. If he runs up to that then I expect the horse to be right in the mix. He’s gone to another level in maturity. He’s always been physically strong but mentally, he’s a bit more relaxed on the track now. We rode him from behind first up but in his early days he was a bit of a handful and we would not have been able to do that.
From Mitchell Beer
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 5, The Kosciuszko) The horse galloped in-between races at Albury last Saturday and was so impressive. If he can’t run well on Saturday then I don’t know what you need for him to finish in the money in a race like that. He’s going super. I was really pleased with what I saw on Saturday, but even more pleased on Tuesday morning to see how well he was. He was jumping out of his skin. The best of his form over his last five-to-10 runs is good enough to win this race. I just wanted to see him fresh now, and he is. He’s a seven-year-old looking and feeling like a two-year-old. I wouldn’t change a thing. We want to ride the horse quietly. They’ll go quick up front and he’s best ridden with a sit. He’s got a high rating among the horses going into this race and if he runs to that, well, I think he’s got an enormous chance.
From Joe Pride
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 7, The Everest) He probably ran a bit quicker than I thought in the trial (Oct 9th), he was going to but he seemed pretty comfortable doing it. It was his first go with a different jockey (Rachel King) on. I’d like to think if we’ve got it right, we’ve got the right jockey. I’d like him in his own comfortable rhythm (on Saturday), on speed, hopefully not running ridiculous sectionals, either him or horses around him, so he gets his opportunity to run home as quick as he can. He thinks he’s unbeatable at the moment. Everything he does is with such purpose and enthusiasm.
From Brett Cavanough
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 5, The Kosciuszko) Can’t be going any better. His work on Saturday morning was great. Worked over 1000 metres – good, solid gallop. He needs to have a good, solid gallop because he’ll be up near the front swinging at ’em, that’s his racing style. He worked really well.
Horse: It’s Me
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 5, The Kosciuszko) She had a solid gallop last Saturday morning. If I hadn’t recorded it on the GPS and told you how she worked, you would’ve tried to get me locked up in a unit somewhere I’d say. I mentioned to a couple of blokes on Saturday morning, we had her working a solid half-mile and it was just crazy, you know. She’s nearly replicating what she’s been doing on race days in her work now. Yeah, all the good judges, all the jocks you run into, you ask them what can win the ‘Kozzie’ and they all want to be on her, so that normally tells you.
From The Editor
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