Craftiness Improving Ahead of 2014 Hyland Race Colours Handicap

Four-year-old Craftiness is preparing for another fight against fellow gelding Religify in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Saturday.

Craftiness will once again race against Religify (pictured) in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap this Saturday.

Craftiness will once again race against Religify (pictured) in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap this Saturday. Photo by Steve Hart.

The pair last met in the Sportsyear Sprint (1000m) at Warwick Farm on November 12, in which the Chris Waller-trained Religify won by just a neck.

However, Craftiness’ trainer Joe Pride isn’t worried about the previous race result considering his gelding has natural improvement on his side.

“I don’t worry too much about weights, especially over a short-course distance,” Pride told Sky Racing.

“The more significant thing about what’s happened in the past five weeks is how much improvement they’ve made.

“I think my bloke has made a heap of improvement and if Chris’s horse has done the same there won’t be much between them again.”

While Craftiness will carry three kilograms more than his last two times out, the gelding will carry one kilo less than Religify. He also won the TAB Place Multi Handicap (1100m) on December 3, last time out, by an impressive two lengths. He jumped well from his outside barrier before settling in fifth place, one off the rails. He moved up well coming to the home turn, took the lead at the 100m mark before drawing away to win.

Of Course, Religify produced a similar result his last time out in the TAB Rewards Handicap (1100m) on November 29, winning by two and a half lengths. The gelding jumped well but had to drive up underneath so pushed on hard to find the front. Was only just in front at the 400m mark but kicked very strongly to bolt home.

Religify is currently $2.80 favourite in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au while Craftiness is on the second line of betting at $3.70.

Pride inherited Craftiness from the late Guy Walter and after three wins from four starts hopes to step the gelding up to better classed races in the near future.

“He’s too raw to get any guide on but that opens him up to a lot of improvement,” Pride said.

“I’d like to think he can hopefully make a stakes-grade horse, he looks like he could shape up that way.”

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