See The World may be stepping up to 1400 metres for the first time in Saturday’s 2012 Winter Stakes at Warwick Farm but the distance will be no problem according to one of the people who knows him best.
Jockey Christian Reith has been in the saddle for the gelding’s past three victories and suggested only a poor frame of mind will ruin his chances in the $150,000 Listed event.
“It’s all up to him, if he’s in a good frame of mind and relaxed on the day he could beat anything,” Reith said.
“The back-up doesn’t concern me, the track conditions don’t concern me. Nothing really concerns me as long as he settles.”
Trained by well-regarded trainer of sprinters Joseph Pride, See The World has won three of five starts this preparation and is chasing a third consecutive victory this weekend.
The five-year-old is backing up just seven days after producing a one-length victory in the Westend Mazda BM95 at Rosehill on the weekend which was preceded by a breakthrough black-type victory in the Listed Takeover Target Stakes on June 22.
A winner of seven of 22 starts, the son of Danzero has collected more than $305,000 in prize money and Reith is confident he can add to his resume provided he can settle on race day.
“The more you fight him, the more you try to wrestle with him, the more he tries to wrestle and fight against you,” Reith said.
“He’s been good in the sprint races of late and settling well in the run.
“I have no doubts if he can do that during the race he should be finishing off strong again.”
See The World has drawn favourably in barrier six and will carry 2.5kg less than topweight King Lionheart with 56.5kg.
Also set to line up against See The World in Saturday’s Sydney feature are last-start Queensland winner Startsmeup and former Doncaster place-getter Brilliant Light.
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