Handsome Thief is set to steal top honours in Moreton Cup
HORSE RACING: The Darren Weir-trained Handsome Thief will be looking to steal top honours in the Moreton Cup at Corbould Park on Saturday and is in form to sneak away with the silverware, stable racing manager Simon McCartin says.
The five-year-old gelding has had two wins from eight starts this campaign and heads in to the $175,000 race at Sunshine Coast Turf Club in "good shape”.
"He's been ticking over nicely up there along the beach and we're really happy with the order he's in,” McCartin said.
"He's probably dropping back from much stronger contested racing last start in the Goodwood (at Morphettville) so we're hoping he can run well.”
McCartin said having jockey Dean Yendall in the saddle would only boost his chances.
The duo have teamed up for the past two starts, winning at Warrnambool earlier this month and finishing midfield at Morphettville a fortnight ago.
"Dean has a good record on the horse and he managed to win that listed Wangoom stakes down here in Warrnambool on him and Paul Fudge, the owner from Waratah Thoroughbreds, was keen for Dean to go up and ride him,” McCartin said.
"It doesn't look to be overly strong for a Group 2 but there's a couple of handy enough horses in there but in a relatively small field he should get his chance.”
Although Handsome Thief is among the favourites, McCartin said it would be no easy feat.
"From barrier 10 I think Dean Yendall will just have to go back and try and ride for a bit of luck,” he said.
"I suppose the heavy track might be a bit of query (too), I think it's still a heavy eight and I'm not sure it's going to dry out at all.”
Handsome Thief won't be the only Darren Weir-trained thoroughbred running. The three-year-old filly Platinum Angel is expected to be among the placegetters.
Platinum Angel has two wins from her past six attempts and was among the favourites for the silverware with Ladbrokes on Friday night.
"She's good and has done really well down here in Victoria and we took her over to Adelaide and she got that sort of stakes placing in the Nitschke so we decide to send her up to Queensland following her win last start which was pretty impressive Caulfield,” he said.
"Obviously it's a step up now to a Group 2 against the older horses but we feel she deserves a chance in something like this with no weight on her back.”