Rosehill trainer David Payne is confident that his young galloper Regimental Pride is a genuine chance at taking out the 2012 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic this afternoon after they came up trumps with the inside alley.
More Than Ready colt Regimental Pride, a winner of two of their three career starts to date, was the big winner in the barrier draw for the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) coming up with gate one of 13.
It is now one of 12 with the early withdrawal of #8 Calcatta and Payne likes their chances.
Regimental Pride debuted at Randwick back in early October and ran a disappointing ninth to the Gai Waterhouse-trained Whittington in the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders Plate (1000m) at Royal Randwick.
They improved when backed up just seven days later however enjoying a step back in class and a step up in distance when they broke their maiden status in a 2YO plate over 1100m at Rosehill, the effort queried by stewards with so much progress from their debut run to their debut win evident.
Their trainer however quashed any rumours of ill play crediting Regimental Pride’s improvement on having had a trip to the races under their belt and being ridden off the pace.
After a two month spell Regimental Pride came back last Saturday and carted 58kg to an eye-catching win in the Rosehill Gardens Handicap (1100m) when ridden by Glyn Schofield for the third time coming from fourth on the turn to beat Let’s Frolic by a long neck.
Today Kiwi jockey James McDonald takes over riding duties for the Wyong MM Classic, Schofield booked to ride the unraced Gerald Ryan-trained Dothraki (barrier five) who is the current $3.50 second favourite to win through bookmaker.com.au trailing only Waterhouse’s undefeated filly Certitude ($2.70).
Regimental Pride, who goes back to 56.5kg under the set weights conditions of the classic, meanwhile occupies the fourth line of Wyong Magic Millions Classic betting paying $9.50.
Payne is hoping that the horse will thrive on a short back-up again this time with just five days between their Rosehill win and today’s big assignment.
“The quick back up worked before and hopefully it will work again,” Payne said.
“He is a tough horse and I can tell you one thing, he is fitter now than when he won last Saturday.
“He has thrived and the inside barrier is also going to be a big help too.”
Other notable hopefuls in this afternoon’s showdown, which is lead-up run for youngsters heading towards next month’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast, include the Clarry Conners-trained Assail ($6.50) and Hugh Bowman’s mount Crazyonyou ($12).
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