An excellent last start city win in Brisbane paired with an ideal barrier draw has boosted the chances of Harold Norman’s Gold Coast galloper Cannyzing who travels to Sydney for this Saturday’s 2013 Inglis Classic at Rosehill Gardens.
The Canny Lad gelding is one of a capacity field of 2012 Sydney Classic Yearling Sale graduates fighting for the total $250,000 prize money on offer in the Inglis Classic (1200m) this weekend, Cannyzing making the trip from Queensland to New South Wales on Wednesday chasing the lucrative pay day.
A $22,000 buy, Cannyzing debuted at Murwillumbah on December 30 when second to Grafton debutant Friskiness in a 2YO Plate.
They went to Eagle Farm last Saturday and showed nice progression posting a good three length victory over 1000m in a handicap race carrying 56kg.
Since their debut Norman, a very rare visitor to Sydney with his last trip to the races there being with Make Me A Miracle for their unplaced run in the 2004 Summer Cup, knew he had a talented two-year-old on his hands worth bringing to Rosehill for the Inglis Classic.
“I thought ‘gee I mightn’t have enough money to get into the Classic’ so I started him last Saturday in town and he won,” Norman said.
“I would have got in without that race but it doesn’t matter, he needed that. He’s a big strong bugger.”
Drawn in gate two the young gun will be ridden by Kathy O’Hara for the first time and are paying a generous $15 in the latest Inglis Classic odds to become just the third Queensland-trained horse in history to win the Classic joining Laurie’s Lottery who won the inaugural edition 11 years ago and Fear No Other (2009).
Markets are led by the Bjorn Baker-trained Fuerza ($2.90) while last start Scone winner Devil In A Dress ($5) and Gai Waterhouse’s unraced colt Marseille Roulette ($5.50) are also well fancied.
If successful in the Classic Cannyzing will be rewarding Norman who chased the colt down having trained his mother Zigalong for an 18 start career that produced two wins and that was cut short due to a bleeding attack.
Zigalong was retired to breeding barn in the winter of 2009 and knowing her first foal was out of Canny Lad, Norman chased him down and purchased Cannyzing last year.
“I knew where he was and I knew what sale he was going in so I flew down and bought him,” Norman, 75, said.
“I didn’t think I’d finish up in the Inglis Classic.
“Canny Lads, I’ve never had one before but I was told by some top trainers the Canny Lads are good later on as two-year-olds.”
However he didn’t have to wait that long to see what this Canny Lad gelding had to offer.
“The first time I galloped him and jumped him out I knew he’d win an early race,” Norman said.
And as for Saturday’s race?
“We can win the race, don’t worry about that,” he said.
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