The John Sargent-trained Centre Pivot will don blinkers in Saturday’s 2015 Bernborough Handicap in Brisbane in an attempt to get him back to winning form in his first run at Doomben Racecourse.
A final field of 14 face off in this summer’s $175,000 Listed Treasury Casino & Hotel Bernborough Handicap (1615m), set to run as Doomben Race 9 at 4:58pm (QLD time) to close the Brisbane Summer Series Triple Crown.
Drawn in barrier 10 with Blake Shinn to ride is Sargent’s More Than Ready five-year-old Centre Pivot who is after his first win since a 1500m victory in a Benchmark 95 at Rosehill in late August.
He comes off two unplaced runs at the same track from November including a disappointing 10th to Mighty Lucky in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) when ridden by Glyn Schofield.
Saturday is the galloper’s first run in Queensland and in the latest Bernborough Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on the Brisbane black-type, he is one of five single figure hopes.
Markets are led by the Robert Heathcote-trained Hopfgarten ($4.80) and Tony Gollan’s flying mare Traveston Girl ($5) who ran second and first respectively in the Brisbane Handicap at the same track and distance with just a nose between them last time out.
Centre Pivot meanwhile is rated a $9 chance to atone for his recent poor performances.
One man that has had a big part in the gelding’s preparation is former Group 1 winning jockey turned trainer Peter Robl whop was granted a trainer’s licence this week.
His first runners will be at the Gold Coast on Boxing Day, December 26, and he currently has 18 horses in work ahead of the New Year.
“It’s a weight off my shoulders,” Robl told Racenet of being permitted to trainer out of Randwick.
“I’ve enjoyed being an assistant trainer to David Vandyke then John Sargent but to have my own licence is a big thrill.
“The hard work has just begun.”
As for Centre Pivot’s chances in the Bernborough on the weekend, Robl believes the addition of blinkers to his gear will help and that so long as the track stayed firm he was a big hope.
“Provided it doesn’t rain on Saturday and we get a fair track then he will run well,” he said.
“We’re putting the blinkers back on and it has really sharpened him up in his work.
“He’ll be third-up off a spell so should be getting close to his peak.”
Centre Pivot will change from Sargent’s name to Robl’s after Saturday with the horse heading to the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions Race Day on January 9 to target the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy (1800m), formerly the MM Stayers Cup.
“He will be under John Sargent’s name on Saturday but will be under my name come Magic Millions day where he has been set for the $1 million Stayers Cup,” Robl said.
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