Blinkers on Lickety Split

DESPITE the setback of being fined a large amount by Racing NSW, trainer Gordon Yorke is immediately back to business.

And the canny horseman is again playing mind games, this time with his quality four-year-old One Lickety Split.

Yorke has fitted blinkers to the entire today’s Bailey & Gough First National Real Estate Hcp (1416m) at Grafton.

“I’ve worked him in the gear but not raceday,” Yorke suggested.

“He’s a stallion and it’s been a concern of mine for some time he’s cheating, that’s why the quick back up and blinkers on.

“He did this to me last year.

“The horse is smart.

“He gets used to things pretty quickly.”

After an impressive win in the Guyra Cup (1400m) at Armidale on March 6, One Lickety Split started favourite when 4.8 lengths seventh to Fangles over 1350m at Doomben on March 26.

The son of Medecis had a tough run racing three wide at Doomben and failed to lengthen in the home straight.

“I think the horse is a thief, not a good horse for punters,” Yorke stated.

“It’s a funny game, racing. He beat Fangles nearly 10 lengths at Armidale.”

Yorke believes One Lickety Split is still paying for his two-year-old performances that included a Listed win.

“He’s weighted two kilos above what he’s capable of in Grafton,” Yorke said.

“It’s two years since he was a two-year-old.

“They’ve (handicappers) got to move on and look at recent form.

“It will take a maximum effort under the weight for him to win. He’s 15 hands, only a pony.

“We’ll cop it and turn up but it’s sort of a Catch-22 situation. If he wins, where do we go from there?

“He’s too old to geld. He’s got to get genuine.”

One Lickety Split, a winner of five from 17 starts – three as a juvenile – will carry 59.5kg topweight from barrier one with regular track rider Stephen Tracey in the saddle.

Yorke gave One Lickety Split a good sound out on Wednesday.

“He was livened up, came through it well,” Yorke added.

Yorke, who landed a winning double at the previous Grafton meeting, has several other chances on the big 10-race program.

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