Coyle confident consistent Ari can score at the Farm
JASON Coyle will send Arigold to the midweek races again tomorrow at Warwick Farm but he knows he could easily be sending him to compete a few days later on Saturday.
The six-year-old, while being a model of consistency during his 26-start career, has been frustrating project for his trainer.
Arigold, who will line up in the last race of the day over 1600m, has won his connections more than $100,000 in prizemoney despite winning just three times.
“He could have been a Saturday-class horse but that’s why he’s run 10 seconds. He’s found ways to get beaten,” Coyle said.
“At one stage the furthest he’d been beaten was 3.5 lengths and we’ve even stepped him up to a Canberra Cup.”
The son of Nadeem started his latest preparation indifferently and was sluggish until Coyle put the blinkers on him.
He was unlucky not to win at Canterbury last start and is most effective at a mile.
“He worked super on Saturday morning and he’s as fit as we can get him,” Coyle said.
“He’s graduated through his grades nicely and is now consistent on a midweek basis and I think he’s racing in pretty good form since he’s had the blinkers on.”
Coyle said Arigold’s best chance to win tomorrow would be to sit midfield off a nice tempo.
“He got the front tad early so he needs to have that last shot at them and you’ve got to trick him into winning,” he said.
Coyle will also send Charming Lad around in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1300m) and he’s in top form too.
He finished second last start at Hawkesbury before being beaten by Lubiton a week earlier.
She’s since won the Mona Lisa Stakes at Wyong.
“He should have won the other day and has good form behind the mare who won the listed race at Wyong,” Coyle said.
Meanwhile, Zaffirina will make her debut for the Coyle stable either today at Newcastle over 1150m or Warwick Farm tomorrow.
The three-year-old daughter of Stratum has had two barriers trials over 800m and her trainer is interested to see how she goes when the pressure is put on.
She was given an east day out at a Warwick Farm trial on August 25.
“I’ve been really impressed with her trials and I’m a big fan of hers. Now she’s just got to do it on race day,” Coyle said.
“She’s probably a preparation away. I’ve been soft on her in the trials.”
At the time of going to print Coyle hadn’t decided which race he was sending Zaffirina to.