Judging by tomorrow’s big card of racing we are in for a huge 12 weeks of racing with plenty of gallopers kicking off their campaigns in the hope they reach the echelon over the coming months. 888 Racing have promising young gelding Equinova ready to contest the Group 3 Vain Stakes over 1100m, the traditional starting point for the Caulfield Guineas aspirants.
After breaking his maiden at Moonee Valley two starts ago the son of exciting young stalling Equiano was arguably unlucky to finish in the money at the same venue a fortnight ago. He was well back and wide off a slow tempo, making his task an impossible one to begin with, however he also wanted to do a few things wrong late in the race which cost himself any chance of flashing home for a minor prize.
‘He’s still learning what it’s all about and the race just wasn’t run to suit last start’ Said Dean from his Mornington base this morning.
‘Brad said he felt strong to the line and should’ve finished in the placings’
‘When we saw the noms for this race (Vain) we thought it came up a bit lighter than previous years and this horse was deserving as any of them to have a crack. We just wish there was more rain around’.
With Brad Rawiller unable to make the set weight of 55kg the team have engaged a very much in form Luke Currie who is building towards his best after a lengthy injury forced break earlier in 2015.
Equinova has drawn barrier 2 of 11 with already one runner scratched from the race, leaving only 10 runners to contest the $150,000 Group 3 feature. From the inside draw Dean will be hoping Luke and Equinova can settle a little closer in the run and with a clear passage he can be charging home late at the end of the 1100m scamper.