It would appear that seven-year-old Speediness has lost his ability to win races, however his trainer Colin Scott is adamant the gelding can find it again in the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) on Saturday.
The 2014 Sandown Stakes is one of nine black-type races making up Zipping Classic Day at Sandown Racecourse on Saturday, which happens to be the final meeting of the Spring Racing Carnival.
Speediness is on the third line of betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, offering punters a price of $5 to win the race reclaim his winning form.
Speediness has not recorded a win since last year’s Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) however the gelding enjoyed runner-up finishes in both the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
He missed out on a placing when defending his Bobbie Lewis title in September but delivered a strong second in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) on Caulfield Guineas Day. He started back of midfield in a nice spot and looked in with a chance at the furlong but couldn’t quite catch up to Trust In A Gust. Still, the run was strong and punters believed that Speediness had finally returned.
The gelding went into the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley as $2.60 favourite but was beaten 3½ lengths in fourth place. Speediness was then well beaten in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last Saturday, finishing ten lengths off the winner in sixth place.
Scott concedes that seven-year-olds can sometimes lose their ability but is confident Speediness has still got what it takes, blaming his lack of wins on firm ground. Some cut in the Sandown track on Saturday is all the gelding needs to return to the winner’s circle in the 2014 Sandown Stakes.
“When they get to seven (years of age) sometimes they stop putting in, but I firmly believe he’s just not letting go because of the hard tracks,” Scott told Racing Network on Thursday, explaining why he was running the horse again this Saturday.
“He was walking a bit short after the race on Saturday, so I sent him straight to the water-walker and he had a few days on that.
“I had the vet go all over him on Tuesday and he couldn’t find anything wrong with him
“I just hope there is some cut in the ground and if there is he’ll run well.”
If you think Speediness still has it in him to win, back the gelding at Ladbrokes.com.au today. Deposit $25 and you’ll receive $75 worth of free bets to use this Saturday on Zipping Classic Day.