This colt is a real natural
By GREG WHITE
GORDON Yorke has no doubt Natural Destiny may be the best horse he's trained.
Maybe, even better than Victoria Derby winner Fire Oak, but the canny Coffs Harbour trainer admits the better the horse performs, the more chance he'll be "sacrificed overseas."
"They come from Asia and pay megabucks for untried stock at the Magic Millions," Yorke said philosophically.
"Imagine how much they'd pay for one as good as Natural Destiny."
Yorke's latest protege landed huge bets winning the Noholme Handicap at Randwick on Saturday with the trainer revealing the coup was planned in meticulously.
"We took him to Gosford and Wyong to get used to a long trip," he said.
"He loves the open space at Coffs so I knew he'd be at home on the Randwick track."
Arriving home in the early hours of Sunday morning, Yorke said the horse licked his feed box clean, signalling good health and another trait he's become notorious for.
"He lapped up 20 litres of water," Yorke said.
"He can't get enough of the stuff.
"The natural health people would love that as they say the stuff is good for you."
Jockey Glen Boss agreed with the trainer the horse will get a distance.
"Bossy's right," Yorke stated.
"Being by Naturalism he should get over more ground and I hope Glen will stick with him."
Mention of the sire brings more forthright opinions from the trainer, especially in response to suggestions the Naturalism stock are 'unfashionable'.
"His old man was a champion racehorse and they all get at least one good horse," he said.
"Anyway, studs and the breeding game are all about politics.
Picked from the sales by his owner, Yorke said the purchase was made the old fashioned way.
"His confirmation is perfect and he moves beautifully.
"Breeding theories have nothing to do with it provided you can run."
"He always had the 'buy me' look about him."
The horse is targetted for a Sydney race on February 4 and perhaps, the Royal Sovereign Stakes (G2) at the Sydney autumn carnival.
"I like to take a softly, softly approach with him," Yorke said.
"He'll let me know what he wants to do."