Dismal first-up run
FLYING View’s disappointing first-up performance at Taree remains a mystery to Port Macquarie trainer Neil Godbolt.
This afternoon at Coffs Harbour, the four-year-old mare will be out to right the wrong when she lines up in the Rheem Benchmark 55 Handicap (1000m) with stable rider Marlon Dolendo in the saddle.
Godbolt fancied Flying View to be right in the finish prior to her 9.6 lengths 13th to Newborn over 1000m at Taree on October 15.
“I don’t know what happened,” Godbolt admitted.
“The run was completely out of character.
“I’ve had her checked over and really, I can’t find any reason why she ran so poorly. She began well, then Jake (Hull) eased her but she just kept dropping back further and further.
“It’s just one of the great mysteries.
“She’s done well since and I’m backing her up.
“If she’s herself it looks the right sort of race for her. Hopefully she can improve.”
Flying View, owned by Godbolt, has a record of five wins and six placing’s from 27 starts.
Her record suggests she always improves second up and Godbolt expects the mare to run accordingly.
“She’s been a very honest mare,” Godbolt added.
“And a horse that loves a soft track.”
Flying View has drawn barrier two and has good early speed.
Godbolt has several runners on the eight-race card with consistent Ship It In an interesting runner resuming after a 345-day lay-off .
Owned by a group of long-term clients, headed by Ken Shepherd, the seven-time winning six-year-old tackles the Reece Plumbing Supplies Benchmark 75 Handicap (1000m).
“Throughout his career he’s been a horse who suffers from niggly leg problems,” the trainer said.
“He was back ready to race then had trouble with his knee and went out again.
“Hopefully the extra time out has helped heal his problems.
“I’ve had him in for about two-and-a-half months, hasn’t done much galloping but plenty of long slow work and swimming.
“I know he’s raced well first up previously and I hope I’m wrong but they might be a bit too nippy for him first up.”
Last-start winner Hackers, lining up in the Rehau 3YO Country Plate (1200m), also has strong prospects Godbolt believed.
“I think he’s going to be even better when I can get him to 1400 and 1600 metres but he’s racing well and should be hard to beat,” Godbolt said.
“The horse that ran second to him the other day (Prince Oka) looks the danger.”