Gregory Hickman’s lightly-raced gelding Taxmeifyoucan will continue their latest campaign aimed at the Scone Guineas 2013 in May when they brave the muddy conditions in Sydney this Saturday.
The Ad Valorem three-year-old, a bargain buy at just $16,000 from the 2011 William Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale, had had five runs to date producing a win at Warwick Farm in July and three minor placings including their third on debut to Cavalry Rose in last year’s Inglis Classic for over $110,000 in prize money already.
Their sole win was over the 1200m on a Slow (6) and their other run on a rain-affected track as also a cracker when they ran a close first-up second at Canterbury on a Heavy (8) last June.
Taxmeifyoucan resumed off a five month spell on January 12 at Rosehill and was far from disgraced when running a well beaten second, four lengths off subsequent Zeditave Stakes winner Happy Galaxy in the JB Barry Maher Memorial.
That was on a Good (3) however and Hickman believes they should be able to handle the wet track, currently at a Heavy (9), at Rosehill this Saturday in the $85,000 Australian Turf Club Handicap (1200m).
Drawn in gate five with Peter Robl to ride Taxmeifyoucan’s performance on the weekend will go a long way towards showing Hickman where they are at as they head towards the $400,000 Scone Guineas on May 18.
“We’ll take our time getting him there and space his runs,” he said.
“He’s a light type of horse and still immature so he doesn’t need much racing.
“The aim is to get money in the bank and get his rating up.”
One horse that will not be in the mix on Saturday however is Rebel Dane, Gary Portelli’s undefeated California Dane colt being saved for a drier track in the $175,000 Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on February 16 ahead of their 2013 Randwick Guineas bid.
Hickman was disappointed with the news Rebel Raider would not be among Taxmeifyoucan’s rivals on Saturday however as it would have helped him gauge exactly what kind of class his horse was up to.
“I wanted to run against him so I could see how well my horse was going,” Hickman said.
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