Wil­liams scores Bagot ride

The Sportsman Special Issue - - 2 - By ROBERT WIND­MILL and RAY HICKSON

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

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