Populist powers through busy schedule for Coast trainer
RACING: With Populist enduring a busy five weeks, Caloundra trainer Gary ‘Jack’ Duncan was pleased to see his stayer maintain impressive form during a fruitful day at Corbould Park.
The four-year-old gelding charged to success ahead of Galtero and Stuart Kendrick’s Fastnet Cyclone during the $35,000 benchmark 78 handicap (2200m) at Sunshine Coast Turf Club on Saturday.
It was his third race in as many weeks, and fifth in six weeks.
While busy, Populist has taken it in his stride, winning three of the past five races and placing in the other two.
“He’s been pulling up well,” Duncan said.
“We don’t do much with him, he has a couple of swims plus a couple of canters and turns up again.
“He’s been unlucky (too), he probably should’ve won five in a row now.”
Populist’s victory was one of many strong showings from Duncan’s stable on Saturday.
His gelding Goldsborough placed second on debut in the two-year-old handicap (1000m), with his charge Wapiti also runner-up in the three-year-old handicap while Wilcaruise placed third in the maiden plate.
“He (Goldsborough) is definitely going to make a nice horse,” Duncan said.