Trainer Ciaron Maher is looking to step his...
That’s A Good Idea was scratched from last weekend’s Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m), but remains primed for his next campaign target after cruising to a comfortable barrier trial win at Royal Randwick this morning.
Reasonably ineffective on heavy going, trainers Peter & Paul Snowden did not want That’s A Good Idea to complete a potentially gut-busting run at only his second point of call this time in on the ‘Soft 6’ Randwick track on Saturday and removed the horse from contention.
Jumping from the gates well in this morning’s 1000m hit-out, the Flying Spur gelding strode to the lead and set a fair tempo for a classy group of runners, including Lubiton, Comin’ Through and Godolphin import Spectroscope.
The horse kicked two lengths clear of the other trials upon arriving at the Randwick straight and while he wasn’t asked to do much, clearly had a fitness edge and found the line comfortably clear of an impressive Lubiton.
That’s A Good Idea resumed this year for second in the Hawkesbury Gold Rush (1100m) on April 29th and returned from a freshen-up to finish sixth in the July Sprint (1100m) at Randwick on July 22nd.
The eight-year-old has been included in nominations for the Spring Preview Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, but may also be kept for a second-up run in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) at Randwick on August 19th.
Spectroscope appears poised for another big campaign through the forthcoming Spring Carnival; cantering into the trial and finishing a strong third, despite having not been let go at any point of the hit-out.
A strong and consistent performer through the Autumn Carnival, Spectroscope is likely-to-be set for a race like the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on September 30th.
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