Progressive Caulfield horseman Andrew Noblet believes a firmer Gold Coast track this weekend will see improvement from his Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2015 hopeful Old Trieste.
Last start at the course on December 27 the Hinchinbrook colt was beaten into fourth when four lengths off upset winner Mishani Honcho in the $150,000 Group 3 B.J. McLachlan Stakes (1200m).
A traditional lead-up into Saturday’s $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic over the same track and distance, the McLachlan Stakes was run on a Soft (7) this year.
Old Trieste, ridden by Jim Byrne who retains the mount for Saturday, over-raced near the 800m in that race and failed to impress on the rain-affected track.
Noblet then is tipping a better effort in the lucrative Magic Millions race on the weekend with firmer going set to aid his galloper’s chances.
“He has been honest in every run that he has had and in his last run at the Gold Coast the track conditions probably didn’t suit him that great,” Noblet told Racing Ahead on Tuesday morning.
“Hopefully this rain holds off for the rest of the week and we get a bit better track.
“We really wanted to get him up here early and give him a look at the track.
“He had a run there the other day, he acquitted himself well and got around there ok, but there was a heap of rain the night before and during the day.”
The Magic Millions 2YO Classic will be the fourth career start for Old Trieste who is out to break his maiden status.
On debut at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival he finished second after an awkward jump in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m), working his way into second in a fine effort with Stephen Baster aboard.
Baster then rode him second-up at Ballarat in the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic over the same distance where the horse half missed the kick and found himself well back in the field before coming out wide, trying hard when four lengths away fourth behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained winner and fellow Gold Coast runner this weekend Carriages.
While Old Trieste had another lead-up run late last month, Carriages goes into the Magic Millions 2YO Classic off a 49-day break with Waterhouse shooting for her fifth win in the race.
Her 2008 winner Sebring did it on the 49-day turnaround but Carriages pays $15 in the current markets at Ladbrokes.com.au to emulate the great champion after drawing wide it the extreme outside barrier (21 into 16).
Old Trieste meanwhile also suffered a blow with the second widest Magic Millions Classic barrier draw and is a genuine roughie in the markets paying $51 as the longest priced of the non-emergencies.
He had his final piece of serious work at Doomben this morning having stayed on in the Sunshine State after the B.J. McLachlan and pleased Noblet with the jump-out.
“He is in terrific order,” Noblet said.
“I am just getting back from Brisbane now from watching him work.
“He worked at Doomben on a rain affected track, but he worked really good, really strong and he came through the work really well.”
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