Williams scores Bagot ride
BRENDAN McCarthy had little trouble finding a replacement jockey for Perusen for next Tuesday’s Group Three Bagot Handicap at Flemington after he scored convincingly at Caulfield on Wednesday.
Jockey Dan Nikolic will move to Sydney where he will be permanently based after this weekend and won’t be able to continue his association with the consistent stayer who won by 1-1/4 lengths in the Allan Wicks Hcp (2400m).
Craig Williams has been secured to ride on Tuesday.
Clocking a tick over 2:28 for the trip, Perusen outstayed Lady Atire and Fontajeune who was another 13/ lengths away third.
Perusen previously finished second to Redondo Beach over the Bagot distance of 2500m at Flemington and McCarthy believes the seven-year-old deserved Wednesday’s win, which was his first beyond 2040m.
Hehas run some terrific races this time in and has been very stiff a couple of times,’’ McCarthy said.
We have been hoping that once he got up over a little bit of ground he would keep improving and he has.
He is in the Bagot and I think the other day, if you change the runs around (of Perusen and Redondo Beach), you would get a different result.’’
Perusen has been beaten less than two lengths four times this campaign.
He has won seven races from 43 starts and today’s victory was his first since he scored at Moonee Valley on March 12.
Meanwhile, Michael Kent admits he is throwing promising stayer Banana Man in the deep end in the Bagot.
The lightly raced four-year-old is having only his eighth start on Tuesday but impressed most judges with his easy win over 2100m at Sandown earlier this month.
The wraps on him are premature,’’ Kent said.
It’s a good jump in class for him on Tuesday.’’
Kent said Banana Man would be a better horse next preparation but wants to see if he has an above average galloper on his hands.
Clashing with the in-form Gallopin and Redondo Beach will go a long way to giving him a decent answer.
He is a big stretching horse and I am hoping he is improving,’’ Kent said,.
If he is going to make any sort of horse (in the future) he needs to put in a good run.’’
Jockey Craig Williams