Guy Walter To Continue Winning Trot At Canterbury

Fresh from another group 1 victory meticulous horseman Guy Walter is confident the winning trot can continue at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Walter’s under-rated mare Appearance collected a second group 1 when winning the Coolmore Classic last Saturday at Rosehill where stablemate Toydini stamped himself as a galloper on the rise.

“A good day Saturday, hopefully it is all coming together for the autumn carnival,” Walter said on Tuesday.

“Appearance pulled up very good and is heading to the Queen Of The Turf and don’t forget Streama.

“She is coming to hand well, she drew a bad gate in the Coolmore, got a long way back but got home well.

“She’ll be better when she gets to the Randwick mile, her best win was over the Randwick mile in the Flight Stakes.”

Toydini, which is now a gelding, is heading to the “Carbine Club and Frank Packer Plate”at Randwick while another member of the same family is fronting up at Canterbury.

The unbeaten Alcaraz is heading to the races for the fourth time having won all three to date.

“He is out of a half sister to Johan’s Toy, out of the same family as Toydini,” Walter said.

“I bought him at the Easter Sale as a yearling but he has taken a long time to get back to the track.

“A very promising horse but things went wrong when winning brilliantly at Gosford two and a half years ago.”

Alcaraz is now a five-year-old and the lack of racing was due to a tendon injury. Alcaraz returned last month to win at Goulburn and then won at Gosford on March 11.

“If he stays sound he has the makings of a very good sprinter,” Walter said.

“The worry is Canterbury but he won well at Gosford and I think he’ll be hard to beat tomorrow, I like the horse.”

Walter is tossing up about taking Alcaraz’s unbeaten stablemate Gamba to Canterbury.

“She has drawn a very wide gate and I’ll make a decision overnight,” Walter said.

“She is a promising mare, won twice from two starts. She has plenty of ability but has temperament problems. A bit highly strung but I don’t think it will stop her.”

Walter will line Triple King and Zuccotto up against each other at Canterbury.

“I’m hoping for the best with them,” Walter said.

“Triple King has some ability but temperament is the worry. Zuccotto won well at Goulburn and we took her to Melbourne hoping she could measure as an oaks filly.

“She had few problems down there and I’m hoping she will appreciate the 1900m tomorrow.”

By Craig Young

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