Move to come up trumpz
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.”