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Co-trainer Troy Corstens said he would love to see the stable’s 2016 Sunshine Coast Guineas hopeful Mr Individual go forward from the inside alley at Caloundra on Saturday.
Corstens is far from thrilled with the barrier one draw for the Starspangledbanner colt he trains in partnership with his father Leon for the Malua Racing team for the $125,000 Group 3 XXXX Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m).
The early scratching of Garnett Taylor’s Bold Avenue (11) from the set weights clash leaves a final field of 14 runners in this year’s Sunshine Coast Guineas and Mr Individual will jump from gate one with Glen Colless in the saddle.
Colless is yet to ride the horse under race conditions, but was aboard for a smart trial win over 1000m at the Gold Coast on June 23.
From eight career runs to date Victorian-trained Mr Individual has enjoyed a trio of wins.
He is yet to post a stakes’ victory however and hasn’t been first past the post since a 1.5 length effort over subsequent dual Group 3 winner during ‘The Championships’ He’s Our Rokkii at Caulfield over the mile in mid-October last year.
This season he’s had three winter runs across three starts, beginning with a disappointing first-up 11th to Faatinah in Adelaide’s Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200m).
He then went back home to Melbourne and crossed fourth carrying a hefty 60kg at Sandown-Lakeside over 1400m in late May.
The galloper’s latest run was in Brisbane on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 11, when 10th to Tsaritsa in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m).
Corstens is hoping Mr Individual can atone for that run on the weekend, but admitted to Racing Victoria the youngster was “hard to tip” in the race.
That said, instructions for Colless will be to try and go forward from the gate and get a clear run up front and be there in the finish.
“I’d like to be forward,” Corstens said.
“Obviously it doesn’t give us too many favours being drawn in that close, as we’re in the gates for so long.
“We’ll get a man up with him on Saturday, and hopefully he can jump cleanly and be right there.”
Current Sunshine Coast Guineas betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by firming favourite Sold For Song ($31), the Queensland Guineas third-placed filly racing just last Saturday to win Eagle Farm’s Listed Daybreak Lover (1400m) in a charging late run.
Mr Individual meanwhile is rated a $10 shot and his chances will also rely on how he behaves according to Corstens who described him as “immature”.
“Once he gets something to give him an excuse, he takes full advantage of it,” he explained.
“He’s got a ton of ability.
“I still think he’s a work in progress. I don’t think he’s a horrible horse in any way. He’s just immature and still learning.”
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