Tradesman busy and in fine form
RACING: The Darren Weir-trained Tradesman has endured a busy, albeit successful schedule of late and he's shown no signs of slowing down heading into the Caloundra Cup, stable racing manager Simon McCartin says.
The six-year-old gelding will jump from barrier 13 at Corbould Park for what will be his third consecutive weekend start.
He's placed in all three of his past starts too, including victory at the coveted Ipswich Cup.
"Obviously he's backing up again for the third weekend straight but from our point of view he's shown no reason not to go around again,” McCartin said.
"He continues to do well so we're hoping to see another forward showing.
"He's a big tough horse and he cops the work pretty well as he's come through those last two runs well so Darren was happy to back him up again this weekend.”
Tradesman is listed as favourite to take out the Caloundra Cup by Ladbrokes at $3.40 with the New Zealand mount Megablast hot on his heels at $3.80.
The gelding may be carrying top form and expected to be among the frontrunners, but McCartin said it wouldn't be easy going.
He is untested on heavy tracks in race conditions with jockey Brad Rawiller also set to jump in the saddle for the first time on Tradesman.
Tradesman was among the frontrunners last time he galloped at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club, placing second in the P.J. O'Shea Stakes behind Egg Tart.
Megablast placed third in that race and McCartin expected him to again be among the placegetters.
"There doesn't look to be a great deal of speed in the race,” he said.
"Obviously Megablast will probably roll forward and he might take some catching and he's been running well.
"He is probably one to beat in terms of opposition but after that it drops away a little bit I suppose.”