Gaven­stock con­fi­dent George will be ‘hard to beat’

The Sportsman Midweek - - Hawkesbury - MATT JONES

THIS prepa­ra­tion could be the com­ing of age for In­vin­ci­ble George.

The Kylie Gaven­lock-trained five-year- old is sec­ond-up at Hawkes­bury to­mor­row in a 1300m Bench­mark 72 event and he’s start­ing to show he wants more rac­ing than ever.

Gaven­lock has only been giv­ing him one or two runs a prepa­ra­tion as she pa­tiently waits for him to turn him­self into a proper race­horse.

He was dis­ad­van­taged by the rail be­ing out 7m at Kem­bla Grange when fourth last start and Gaven­lock wants to get him out to a mile this prepa­ra­tion.

“I’m hop­ing he’ll go a bit fur­ther. He re­laxes beau­ti­fully in a race. I’ve just got stand him up to a longer prepa­ra­tion and get­ting over the ground won’t be a worry at all,” Gaven­lock said. “He’s a lot tougher this time in. He’s been a bit of a hot­house flower, but this time he’s dif­fer­ent so I think he’s just bit of a late bloomer.”

In­vin­ci­ble George has drawn gate seven of 10, but it’s not a con­cern and the Gosford trainer has booked Tim Clark to ride the son of I Am In­vin­ci­ble af­ter Ker­rin McEvoy be­came un­avail­able due to sus­pen­sion.

“He’s never fast out of the gates so we’ll find some cover and he’ll set­tle where he wants,” she said.

“He’ll get back and then sprint home and I ex­pect him to be very hard to beat.”

Gaven­lock hasn’t had do too much with In­vin­ci­ble George since his first-up run at Kem­bla Grange on Oc­to­ber 28.

She said de­spite not win­ning yet from three sec­ond-up starts he’ll go close to­mor­row at a track he’s won on at his only visit.

“Only bad luck has got him beaten sec­ond-up so that doesn’t worry me at all,” Gaven­lock said.

“He likes big tracks and open spa­ces. He’s a strid­ing horse but he’s not overly con­fi­dent so the more room he gets the bet­ter.

“I’m really happy with him go­ing into this race. He’s done ev­ery­thing I’ve wanted to since the first-up run.”

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