Training duo Wayne and Patrick Webster will be chasing their first victory in a Group One when talented five year old Thankgodyou’rehere lines up in the Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The Stradbroke has been the long term goal for Thankgodyou’rehere who has been racing in consistent form of late.
“He has been aimed at the Stradbroke this campaign and nothing else. His third and fourth runs are his best runs. You get four good runs out of him each campaign and that’s it, we don’t go the well too many times with him because he is a fresh horse,” said co-trainer Wayne Webster.
Thankgodyou’rehere’s last three starts have produced a third behind Woorim in the BRC Sprint, a fourth behind Tampiko in the Prime Ministers Cup and a second in the Galaxy behind Atomic Force.
Thankgodyou’rehere had his final hit out this morning before Saturday’s race and co-trainer Wayne Webster believes the horse is ready to produce a competitive showing.
“We are happy with him. We didn’t do much fast work with him this morning. He pulled up good after his last run and we actually did more with him on Saturday than today.” Webster said.
The talented gelding is undefeated over the Stradbroke journey of 1400m, and steps up to that trip for the first time this campaign on Saturday.
“We think 1400m is his right distance. We give him a hope for sure in a very open race.” Webster said.
Team Webster will be hoping for a change of luck at the Barrier Draw ahead of the Stradbroke. In his last two runs Thankgodyou’rehere has jumped from gate 15 of 16 (in the BRC Sprint) and gate 13 of 19 (in the Prime Minister’s Cup)
“Hopefully he can draw somewhere decent. Whatever cards are dealt tomorrow (at the barrier draw) are dealt but it would be nice to see him draw inside 9 in a field of 18.” Webster said.
Wayne and Patrick Webster are a father-son training team, and son Wayne says it would be special to train his first Group One winner with his Dad.
“To actually do it with my Dad, my mentor and the bloke who has been there for me, that’s what it is all about for me.
“Training in partnership has given me a great opportunity to really enjoy something together with Dad. We are both so involved with it and outside of my family, winning a Group One is the next priority in line,” said Webster.
Thankgodyou’rehere has given the father-son team their most significant successes in racing including the Group Three Hawkesbury Gold Cup and a placing in the Group One Galaxy.
Thankgodyou’rehere, who will more than likely be ridden by Rod Quinn, is currently rated a $9.00 chance in the Stradbroke Handicap.