Three-year-old colt Convincible will be aimed towards the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) in the autumn, beginning his preparation at Flemington Racecourse this weekend.
The promising colt is one of ten horses set to run in the Flemington Rose Garden Handicap (1420m) on Saturday but will have to overcome a wide start from barrier 10, something trainer Dean Howard isn’t too pleased with.
“This week we’ve drawn 10 of 10 so that’s not ideal, but we’ve got Craig Williams on board and he should be able to put on a good sort of performance,” Howard told Racing Victoria.
“I’d be very disappointed if he wasn’t right in the mix, but I don’t doubt that he will be.”
Convincible is a last start city winner after securing the Tauto Handicap on January 10 half a length ahead of Samartested with Search Squad a further nose behind in third.
The colt was just behind the leaders in the early stages and found trouble gaining a run by the 400 metre mark. He only got out with 175 metres to go but surged through the gap to come away and win.
Howard had ambitious plans for Convincible during the spring last year but they were abandoned once the colt ran a disappointing ninth in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m). However the colt has since matured and improved, which is evident by his win earlier this month.
The trainer thinks very highly of Convincible and can’t wait to progress him back to Group level racing this preparation.
“To be fair, in the Guineas Prelude he jarred up a tad that day and didn’t really run to his potential, but he has matured and improved since then,” he continued.
“I was naturally very happy with his last run.
“It was definitely well-deserved as he had been unlucky in a couple of his starts prior to that.
“A city win could have come sooner really, had he had some luck. I certainly think very highly of him.”
Convincible is on the third line of betting for the Flemington Rose Garden Handicap at Ladbrokes.com.au, with odds of $8.
If the colt runs well in the race, he’ll progress towards the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) on February 21 after which the 2015 Australian Guineas will be targeted on March 7. However Howard isn’t getting too far ahead of himself just yet.
“If he runs well on Saturday, then the next race for him will be the CS Hayes Stakes at Flemington a couple of weeks later,” the trainer said.
“If he can go well in that then the target will be the Australian Guineas, but we will wait and see how he goes first.”
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