Co-trainer Troy Corstens who trains in partnership with his father Leon is hoping for a good first-up run in black-type company at Sandown Hillside from Tried And Tired this weekend as they look to secure the horse a start in January’s 2016 Magic Millions Sprint on the Gold Coast.
The six-year-old son of Niello hasn’t had a run since July 11 at Flemington when unplaced behind Amovation in the Listed Winter Championship (1600m) over a mile and hasn’t won a race since last December’s Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) at Sandown-Lakeside.
This weekend the gelding returns to racing at the other Sandown course where he has had two previous runs for a win and a third place finish ahead of the $120,000 Listed City Of Greater Dandenong Stakes (1000m).
The sole stakes race in Victoria this weekend, the race formerly known as the Doveton Stakes has attracted a strong final field of 15 sprinters.
Leading the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for the handicap clash are the in-form Mark Kavanagh-trained mare Wild Rain ($4.60) and the rails-drawn Tuscan Sling ($4.80) for Darren Weir who is four-from-six over the distance.
The Corstens’ hope Tried And Tired is an outsider in betting paying $15 for the win with Steven King to ride the 60kg top weight from a double digit barrier 11 draw.
From four first-up runs to date the horse has just the one win but Corstens hopes he can add to that on Saturday with a nice run fresh before heading to Brisbane trying to qualify for the $1 million Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) on January 9.
“There’s a race up in Brisbane that we’d need to win, [to get] a wildcard into the Magic Millions,” he said.
“We’re tentatively looking at that. We’ll see how he goes on Saturday first.”
Purchased for a steal at just $1,700, Tried And Tired has already amassed $327,735 in prize money, and is eligible for a Magic Millions restricted run having been sold before becoming a yearling.
While the lead-up form hasn’t been glowing, Corstens believes they finally have the galloper back to his best and ready to add to his nice return for connections.
“Things didn’t quite go to plan. We think we’ve got him back on track,” he said.
“There was no real set reason why he didn’t have a good prep last time in.
“His trials have been really great, he’s had two really good trials.
“1000m might be a little bit short for him, but I think we’re in for a nice preparation with him.”
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