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Experienced gelding Road Trippin’ will have his final start as a three-year-old when he backs-up in the Cadell Food Service Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Charge Forward gelding was the favourite for the Hiraji Handicap (1600m) at Flemington last Saturday but clearly didn’t enjoy the rain-affected track and struggled home to finish sixth behind Clanga’s Glory.
With rain persisting in Melbourne earlier in the week trainer Stephen Theodore was going to scratch Road Trippin’ from the handicap race this weekend but changed his mind after Caulfield Track Manager Jason Kerr announced that the track tomorrow would likely be rated a dead 5.
“His wheels were spinning in the heavy last week and he was hopeless on it,” Theodore told TVN.
“He will run if the track is as they say it is – a dead 5.”
Road Trippin’ has a tough assignment in the Cadell Food Service Handicap with the handicapper allocating him the top weight of 60.5kg – more weight than he has ever carried in his racing career.
Theodore is confident the rising four-year-old can overcome the heavy weight and believes the drop back in distance improves the geldings’ chances of recording his fifth victory.
“I know how strong he is this time in and last week at Flemington he moved up to win and when Bossy asked him to go he just floundered,” Theodore said.
“The logic in coming back in distance is he will appreciate the quicker tempo and will settle a pair or two further back and then he can come with one run.”
The Cadell Food Service Handicap is very open betting race with beaten 2013 Australian Guineas (1600m) favourite Ajeeb ($5) a narrow favourite from Road Trippin’ ($6), Pillar Of Creation ($6) and Committed ($6.50).
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