Trainer serves notice for 2YO Plate
COULD today's $40,000 NBN 2YO Plate (1200m) be Trevor Hardy's ticket back to the city?
There is every chance it could be if the stars align and Elite Dubleo gets home in the annual 1200m classic.
It will be the first time Elite Dubleo is tested over the distance. His previous runs were over 1106m (1st at Grafton) and 1000m (3rd at Port), but Hardy is confident the gelding will be near the front when they pass the post today.
"I've got a pretty big opinion of Elite Dubleo, he goes really well," the Coffs Harbour-based trainer said.
"Port was a 1000m race but he was chased down there. He'll have no worries going up to the 1200m."
A strong showing at Grafton today could see the gelding follow in the footsteps of his half siblings and head to the metropolitan circuit.
"He's easily as good as them," Hardy said.
"We've had that family for about 20 years and there's been a few goods ones come through.
"It really depends on how he pulls up and what he does.
"If he gets up we'll probably take him to town but it depends on how he goes for the run.
"He could end up heading straight out the back for a blow until he's a three-year-old."
Kanguru ($5) was installed as early favourite for today's race and is coming off a tight victory in the 2YO Maiden Plate at Wyong on June 26.
"I know they backed it at the first start but I didn't get to see the second run," Hardy said.
"There's a few other strong horses in there though so it should be a good race."
Elite Dubleo is one of two chances for Hardy with Youwaitandsee another solid chance, though the colt will have to overcome an outside alley to get home.
"Youwaitandsee doesn't have the early pace but could be in the mix," Hardy said.