Ma­te­rial Man one to be re­mem­bered

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Mitchell Wood­cock

MYALUP’S Perth Cup win­ner Ma­te­rial Man could be a horse to be re­mem­bered for a long time, ac­cord­ing to trainer Justin War­wick.

The 2017 XXXX Gold Bun­bury Cup win­ning geld­ing is back in work, hav­ing not raced since win­ning the first big fea­ture of the year.

War­wick said the six-yearold’s last cam­paign was tax­ing and he needed some time in the pad­dock to re­cover.

A trip to Vic­to­ria for the Mel­bourne Sprint is also a pos­si­bil­ity for Ma­te­rial Man.

“There are heaps of op­tions for him,” he said.

“He was in work for a long time lead­ing up to the Perth Cup, so he needed a good spell.

“This made us miss the races that are on over there (in Mel­bourne) now as well as the Syd­ney Car­ni­val.

“He just could not fit in a hol­i­day and trip over there all at the same time. “But he has had a good break.” War­wick said Ma­te­rial Man would trial in early May be­fore rac­ing in the Bel­mont Sprint (1400m) in June.

Af­ter this Ma­te­rial Man will nom­i­nate for an­other pair of Group 3 races in the Hype­r­ion Stakes (1600m) and Strick­land Stakes (2000m).

“These are not easy races be­cause we are up against some good horses, but they are easy in a sense be­cause they are in our back­yard and we do not have to travel any­where,” he said.

“Then he will have a short let up and the owner and my­self will sit down.

“We sort of have a cou­ple of plans pen­cilled in which we will aim to go through with.

“They in­clude Mel­bourne and here.

“Af­ter the races here we will be clearer as to how he is go­ing.

“You have to hope he is go­ing to come back as good as he was last time.”

War­wick said Ma­te­rial Man was “big and strong” and ready for his next cam­paign.

“He gets an­gry with us be­cause we won’t let him go fast,” he said.

“He just has a great at­ti­tude to­wards ex­er­cise.”

De­spite al­ready win­ning more than $1 mil­lion in prize money, War­wick be­lieves Ma­te­rial Man could be bet­ter than in his last cam­paign.

“That was his first time in the deep end,” he said.

“He didn’t race un­til he was four, so he hasn’t been smashed as a young horse.

“I think the fact that he didn’t get raced early will hold him in good stead. I would be dis­ap­pointed if he couldn’t race at the top level if he was looked af­ter for years to come.”

Pic­ture: Si­mon Mer­ritt/Western Ra­cepix

Myalup’s Ma­te­rial Man is set to trial early next month af­ter a long spell.

Pic­ture: Daniel Wilkins

Lucy War­wick be­came just the se­cond fe­male jockey to ever win the Perth Cup when she rode Ma­te­rial Man to vic­tory in Jan­uary.

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