Glenn Old is keeping an eye on the weather before making a final decision on where – or if – his emerging stayer Bizzwinkle runs this weekend.
The Matamata trainer paid up for the last-start winner in Rating 82 grade on his home track as well as the Egmont Cup at Hawera, and with a further 10mm of rain in Matamata today he is leaning towards the Taranaki meeting.
After a Friday morning rating of Dead6, the Matamata track’s updated rating was Slow7, while Hawera was still rated Dead4 this afternoon
“I’d be happy to run him on a dead track, but I’ve ruled Matamata out and if it goes out to slow at Hawera I’ll give that a miss too,” Old told www.theinformant.co.nz. “I don’t have to make my mind up till the morning and I’ve got options anyway, there are races for him at Otaki and Te Rapa next weekend.
“He needs to have one more run before a mile and a half race I’ve got in mind for him at Wellington,” added Old, who has the Rip Van Winkle gelding entered for next month’s Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup.
Old will still have a runner at his local meeting, with consistent gelding Our King Sway a leading candidate for the Team Wealleans Matamata Cup.
“The way the ratings have worked out he’s got his share of weight to carry (58.5kg), but he’s got the form and his lead-up work has been good,” Old said.
Our King Sway has finished third in both 1400-metres starts since resuming and Old is confident that the ground with some give in it and the step up to 1600 metres will suit the grey.
“The track heading into the slow range as it is now would be ideal,” he added, “so let’s hope the weather clears as predicted and that’s about what sort of ground we get tomorrow.”