Stephen Brown’s five-year-old gelding The Thief will run in the $80,000 Tony Beddison Cup (1000m) this Saturday at Moonee Valley, one of twelve classy horses tackling the flying sprint race.
Brown is confident The Thief will be competitive on Saturday and has every chance of stealing the race from his rivals and emerging victorious.
This will be the gelding’s first start this campaign; he was last seen running second last in the $135,000 Palmerston Sprint (1200m) at Fannie Bay in Darwin on August 2. Brown isn’t worried about the run however, feeling the horse had simply had enough after a long campaign that spanned four months. He believes The Thief didn’t enjoy the track up in Darwin either, which resulted in the loss.
The Thief had seven starts between April and August, travelling across Melbourne and up to Darwin. In that time the gelding won the All Victorian Sprint (1100m) at Flemington on June 14 as well as finishing runner-up in a further four races.
After nearly a fourth month break, The Thief will relish a sprint down the Moonee Valley track.
“He was at the end of his tether then and he didn’t like it much up there,” Brown told Racing Network on Thursday.
“He’s had a break and been back with me about six weeks and he’s going well.
“This race on Saturday should suit him too.”
The Thief has drawn barrier one in the race with Patrick Moloney to ride. The jockey will claim his 2kg as an apprentice, bringing the gelding’s weight down to just 53kg which is the same he carried home to win at Fannie Bay last July.
While many trainers wish and pray for the lucrative inside run, it is Brown’s only reservation ahead of the race.
“Sometimes he can be a touch slow away, but he’s got plenty of speed and we know he can finish his races off quickly when he gets the chance to,” he explained.
The Thief is one of six runners in the 2014 Tony Beddison Cup offering single figure odds. The gelding is a $9.50 shot at Ladbrokes.com.au, led by Consorting ($3.60) and Kaiser Sun ($4.50).
Brown made it known that The Thief will likely make his next start in the $200,000 Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day, which would be his first black-type race in his seventeen race career.
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