Move to come up trumpz

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - MATT JONES

QUEANBEYAN trainer Joe Cleary planned to give Up Trumpz a spell af­ter his last run but a luck­less fifth ate away at him and he’s bring­ing his charge back to Rose­hill to make amends to­mor­row.

The Time Thief geld­ing lines up in a 1400m three-yearold event look­ing to turn the ta­bles on the likes of Po­etic Charmer, Star Sen­sa­tion and Bur­den Of Proof, who all beat him home last time when he couldn’t get clear run­ning.

“He should have won last start. The young ap­pren­tice did his best with the cards he was dealt but the horse just ran up be­hind too many and couldn’t get a crack at them,” Cleary said. “It was like a seven fur­long (1400m) bar­rier trial and the jockey didn’t get an op­por­tu­nity to get right at the horse.

“Our in­ten­tion was to tip him out af­ter that last run but, af­ter what hap­pened, it’s a bit of un­fin­ished busi­ness as far as I’m concerned.”

Cleary worked Up Trumpz over 800m on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and de­scribed it as “out­stand­ing” and he’s ticked all the right boxes to be a ma­jor player against the city-based horses. Cleary de­scribed him as a horse that tries his heart out and is “as game as Ned Kelly”.

“He’s bul­let­proof and he’s a very un­der­rated horse,” he said. “He’s never run a bad race. Even in the J.J. Atkins, a Group 1 race, he held his own.

“It’s ba­si­cally the same horses as last time and, with the set weights and penal­ties, he gets in darn good and is a great value bet.”

This will def­i­nitely be his last run be­fore he’s set for the Coun­try Cham­pi­onships next year and Cleary will in­form stew­ards on a change of tac­tics as Tim Clark takes the ride: “I’ll in­struct Tim to be a lot more pos­i­tive and be a pair be­hind the leader to have the last crack at them. I can’t see any rea­son why he can’t win.”

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