Time to wonder: Start Wondering scores for Joe Pride at Rosehill in December. Photo: bradleyphotos老域名出售备案老域名Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing
Start Wondering and Paceman may have been the best two horses at Rosehill two weeks ago and the same could be said for this Saturday. Trainer Joe Pride is just relieved they don’t have to face each other again.
Pride had already had a double – from Ammirata and Open Book, which is back on show on Saturday – when Paceman led them up in the final event of the day only to be run down by Start Wondering.
“Gee, he must be a good horse because mine wasn’t stopping,’ Pride said at the time following a gutsy attempt to lead all the way by his three-year-old.
“You can’t be unhappy with that.”
Chris Waller has decided to give Start Wondering another run this time in at 1400m on Saturday, which he looks like he will enjoy, while Paceman will stay at the 1200m again in the closer of a nine-race program.
“There is no Start Wondering in this race but there is a lot more pace,” Pride said. “I don’t know if he can lead this time, we might just have to take a sit with him, which could be good for him.
“He is a nice horse that I think we eventually get to black-type level, he just ran into a good one last time.
“I think he is going to develop into a horse like Target In Sight and Title that is very consistent and always runs good races at what level he meets.”
Paceman gets the three-year-old allowance but will still carry 57.5kg with Tye Angland taking the reins on Saturday. It could be the last run of the preparation with Pride likely to look at a late autumn and winter campaign with him.
He is a part of a strong team from the Pride yard at the moment. The Rosehill double was followed by a series of placings in town and Diamond Oasis’ win at the Gold Coast last week.
“The team is going well at the moment and everything is coming out and running well,” Pride said. “We are going to the races with some chances on Saturday again and it could be a good day.”
Open Book has found form in his past couple of runs and it was a strong win at Rosehill.
“He has just taken a bit of time to find his feet but he keeps getting better,” Pride said. “He was strong at the end last time and meets a similar field again. He got over the top of Make A Mark last time, who he had a fitness edge on.
“He gets a bit more weight but I can see him being in the finish again.”
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