Local Morphettville trainer Gary Kennewell is keeping his chin up heading into The Goodwood 2013 this Saturday with his always honest sprinter Conservatorium despite their horror outside draw in the lucrative Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival feature.
The field for this year’s $500,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) is down to 17 with the injury-enforced withdrawal of Shellscrape, and it is barrier 17 Royal Academy gelding Conservatorium will jump from.
A winner of six of their 22 career starts, the five-year-old hasn’t won a race since the Listed Durbridge Stakes (1200m) in October of 2011 and their chance to break the losing streak on Saturday suffered a blow with their wide The Goodwood barrier allocation.
Conservatorium enjoyed a good summer preparation which included a brave fifth to the then undefeated Barakey in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in Perth where they also ran third to Power Princess in the Group 3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) before returning home to run a nose away second to Hidden Value in the Listed Christmas Handicap (1400m) on Boxing Day.
They resumed on April 27 and ran 3.5 lengths away fifth to General Truce in the Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m) after jumping from barrier five of 13.
General Truce is rated a $17 chance for The Goodwood this Saturday in markets led by Peter Moody’s top Melbourne raider Moment Of Change ($2.10).
Further down The Goodwood odds punters will then find Conservatorium at $41 as one of the genuine roughies of the field, a fair price according to Kennewell who knows they have a tough task from so far out.
“In that sort of race if you draw four or five you can jump on the bunny and get a good cushy run,” Kennewell said.
“We’ve just got to see what way the pattern is going to go whether they’re coming from behind or going forward and winning.
“I imagine they’ll be swooping by then, so we might have to go back.
“He’s better going forward, but I don’t want to kill him early.
“He’s got the job ahead of him from out there.”
Should Conservatorium surprise and put in a big run then connections will consider pressing on for a Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival campaign targeting both the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) later this month as well as Queensland’s richest race, the $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 8.
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