Scott Brunton’s super consistent Tasmanian galloper Hellova Street has a hell of a lot of travelling to do over the next few weeks with the five-year-old heading towards Adelaide’s 2016 The Goodwood via a Melbourne run at Caulfield on Saturday.
To date the in-form Helike five-year-old has had 17 starts for nine wins, four seconds and three thirds; an outstanding record he is out to add to this weekend in the $120,000 Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m).
The Caulfield sprint feature attracted a capacity field, Hellova Street suffering an early blow drawing the second outside alley in the 14-stareter line-up.
It will also be the Seven Mile Beach-trained gelding’s first run outside of Tasmania, where he was last seen winning Launceston’s Listed Newmarket Handicap (1200m) in November last year when successfully defending his title in the Black Type clash.
He has since won a Hobart 900m barrier trial and has a very strong strike rate first-up of three wins and a third from four resuming runs to date.
Original plans to target the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival riches were ruled out after Hellova Street suffered a foot injury during his Newmarket Handicap run.
Having made a full recovery, the horse is yet to run in Group class but Brunton has plans to change that this campaign with the Bel Esprit Stakes the first run in a preparation geared towards the $500,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville in South Australia on May 21.
“He’s a really good galloper and he’s done a great job over here (Tasmania),” Brunton said according to Racenet.
“It’s not the ideal time for us to be stepping out over there but he had a foot injury, which forced him out of the carnival unfortunately.
“It’s time to pop over the water with him for the first time and have a go.
“We’ve got a very big opinion of the horse and we’ve just got to hope that things run our way. He’s got a good record and if he races well, we’ll push on to the Goodwood.”
Futures The Goodwood odds are already open at Ladbrokes.com.au with the flying Darren Weir-trained All Aged Stakes runner-up Black Heart Bart the $5.50 favourite.
Hellova Street is yet to be added to the all-in markets, but is sure to feature in betting with a big run at Caulfield this weekend for his interstate debut with Victorian hoop Ben Melham booked for the ride.
“He’s a really good horse but I’m sure we haven’t seen the best of him,” Brunton said.
“We’re hoping he’s good enough to step up over there but you really don’t know until you go across and have a go.”
Hellova Street carries 56kg in the Bel Esprit Stakes, weights for the handicap clash led by the Robert Smerdon-trained Under The Louvre (60kg) who also heads towards The Goodwood next month.
A three-time Group 1 placegetter, Excellent Art stallion Under The Louvre is much shorter in the current The Goodwood markets paying $7.50.
To back your Caulfield and The Goodwood selections at the right price this autumn make sure you’ve got an account open at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the $500 first time depositor’s bonus with use of the code BETBONUS!