Gavenstock confident George will be ‘hard to beat’
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.”