The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained That’s A Good Idea is out for an improved run at Royal Randwick in the 2015 Razor Sharp Handicap this Saturday with the addition of blinkers to the gelding’s gear.
A full field faces off in this year’s $100,000 Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) on Villiers Stakes Day including two for Team Snowden.
The stable is represented by in-form O’Reilly mare Dublin Lass as well as the 59.5kg top weight That’s A Good Idea.
Early Razor Sharp Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, home of Best Tote or SP + 20% on Saturday’s Villiers Stakes, are led by five-year-old Dublin Lass at $2.80.
She is drawn a treat in gate four with Blake Shinn back in the saddle of the last start Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) winner at Rosehill a fortnight ago who is looking to add to her strong record of three wins and four seconds from nine previous runs over the distance.
Flying Spur six-year-old That’s A Good Idea is also at single figures as the $6.50 third pick in Razor Sharp Handicap betting.
A four-time winner from 15 runs over the distance to date, the galloper enjoyed a strong winter that included a win in the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone in mid-May and a second to Ball Of Muscle in Brisbane’s Group 2 QTC Cup (1200m).
This time in he finished in the money first-up when third to Group 1 winner Terravista in the Group 2 Premier Stakes (1200m) at Randwick and then was second in a Listed sprint back at the track on October 17.
His latest run didn’t produce quite the same result however when he crossed 4.6 lengths away sixth of seven runners behind his winning stablemate and rival again this weekend in the Starlight.
That’s A Good Idea carried 60kg in the lead-up run and drops half a kilo for the Razor Sharp where he and Kerrin McEvoy jump from a wide barrier 10 draw, into nine if the only emergency Private Secretary (1) fails to gain a run.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden is still at a loss as to what went amiss in the Starlight Stakes but hopes the classy sprinter can return to form in the Villiers Stakes after a good work out last Thursday.
“The only thing I can say is I put visors on him the other day and whether that wasn’t enough for him to make him focus,” Snowden told AAP.
“Maybe it backfired. I don’t know, he just didn’t seem himself at all that day.
“But since that he’s been fine, he worked very well yesterday morning and good last Thursday morning so I can’t fault him.”
To help the horse get back to his best the visor comes off and the blinkers go back on for the Group 2 on Saturday.
The other best fancied in the Villiers Stakes this Sydney Summer Racing Carnival are the returning Gai Waterhouse-trained Echo Gal ($5.50) and the emergency Private Secretary ($8.50) who gets the rails run from barrier one if the Husson mare gains a start.
Six-year-old Private Secretary is undefeated first-up with three previous runs when resuming and is also accepted for the first at Randwick – the $85,000 McGrath Estate Agents Handicap (1200m) – as a back-up.
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