Han­nans on hold for My Greek Boy

Albany Advertiser - - RACING - Cameron New­bold

Al­bany trainer Steve Wolfe has con­firmed Han­nans Hand­i­cap plans with tal­ented sprinter My Greek Boy are on hold after he fin­ished ninth in last Satur­day’s Heineken Hand­i­cap (1400m) at Bel­mont Park.

My Greek Boy, last sea­son’s Fitz­patrick Plate win­ner, fin­ished third at As­cot fol­low­ing his Al­bany fea­ture race suc­cess and then re­turned from a spell with con­sec­u­tive third plac­ings at Bel­mont in Satur­day grade to strengthen his chances of a Han­nans Hand­i­cap (1400m) start.

How­ever, a po­ten­tial start in the listed $120,000 Gold­fields fea­ture on September 20 re­mains up in the air after the horse fin­ished ninth be­hind Fly­ing Roar, beaten by four lengths at the week­end.

The five-year-old has re­turned to Wolfe’s Al­bany sta­bles this week and will re­main in work un­til his im­me­di­ate plans are con­firmed.

“He was al­ways a maybe to go to the Han­nans but it’s cer­tainly not ruled out,” Wolfe said.

“He had a cou­ple of hard runs in heavy go­ing this cam­paign and it might have taken its toll.

“On Satur­day he was just dis­ap­point­ing and he’s not rac­ing quite as good as he was.

“I’ve got him back home and we will tick him along for a few days be­fore de­cid­ing.”

Wolfe said My Greek Boy could tar­get a race at Bun­bury Turf Club’s Satur­day meet­ing in Oc­to­ber or be saved for As­cot if they de­cide against con­test­ing the Han­nans.

In-form gal­loper Chas­ing Chaos could be a sur­prise nom­i­na­tion in the Han­nans Hand­i­cap for Wolfe after win­ning a Satur­day metropoli­tan race two starts back.

Chas­ing Chaos has won six of 41 starts and broke through at Bel­mont over 1400m last month be­fore a fight­ing third-placed fin­ish over 1600m be­hind Rag­nar’s Saga at Bel­mont al­most a fort­night ago.

The six-year-old will start in the Salinger Hand­i­cap (1600m) at Bel­mont on Satur­day and car­ries the min­i­mum 54kg from bar­rier nine.

“He is half a chance to go to the Han­nans,” Wolfe said.

“He is rac­ing very well and his run on Satur­day will de­ter­mine what we do.”

Stay­ing type War Ksar is un­likely to head to­wards the Boul­der and Kal­go­or­lie cups after fail­ing to im­press in his re­cent starts.

Wolfe also had Three Se­crets, a full brother to Ho­bart Jones, and De­merit filly Sec­ond Best win 1000m trials at Bel­mont on Mon­day.

Mean­while Al­bany jockey Mitchell Pateman has picked up the ride on top-weight Pro­hurst Express in Sun­day’s $30,000 Kam­balda Cup (1400m) for trainer Peter Fernie.

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