Golden chance

Coyle con­fi­dent con­sis­tent Ari can score at the Farm

The Sportsman Midweek - - Latest Trackwork Times - By MATT JONES

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.

Ja­son Coyle

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