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IT looks an open and shut case for luckless three-year-old Revolving Door to end the season a winner at Caulfield tomorrow. After skirting wide all the way and failing narrowly against similar opposition a fortnight ago, the gelding is poised for revenge in Sheamus Mills Bloodstock Handicap (1400m). Trainer Clinton McDonald expects Revolving Door, with Mark Zahra back in the saddle, to measure up to better races new season. ‘’If he can win by a margin and be impressive enough we’ll look to raise the bar,’’ McDonald said.
TRAINER Clinton McDonald says talented sprinter Revolving Door has had more than his fair share of bad luck and is looking to the gelding to atone at Caulfield tomorrow.
Revolving Door was responsible for an enormous effort when he tracked three and four wide on the pace from a wide gate and was only narrowly denied by Nikitas, who had the run of the race, on his home track two weeks ago.
The pair clash again in the Sheamus Mills Bloodstock Handicap (1400m) with barriers reversed and McDonald said that should be enough to reverse the result.
“He’s going great and he has the barrier to hopefully be able to capitalise on,” he said.
“If he’d only been beaten four lengths the other day you’d say he had no luck and it was an okay run but he went down by a neck and had a torrid run throughout.
“If he can win by margin and be impressive enough we’ll look to raise the bar.”
McDonald thought of Revolving Door last spring to tackle the Caulfield Guineas and he finished second in the Group 3 Prelude in the lead up.
This preparation he returned as a gelding with a gutsy win first-up at Moonee Valley before two narrow and luckless second placings.
Mark Zahra, who won on the three-year-old at the Valley, is back in the saddle tomorrow.
“He’s a horse that has always had ability and we are hoping he can keep improving,” McDonald said.
“Mark knows the horse, he’s a good rider and has a good understanding of him.”
Stablemate Danuki resumes in the Jason Hart Handicap (1100m) on the back of beating Lankan Rupee in two Caulfield jump outs past month.
McDonald said there’s every reason to think he’ll run well tomorrow even though he’s yet to win a city race.
“They are very strong trials he’s won at Caulfield and he’s been running time, if you’re doing both those things it holds you in good stead going forward,” he said.
“He’s been an immature horse and this is the first time I’ve had him fully sound and in a good spot mentally.”
McDonald also said lightly raced filly Sweet Perfume had matured from her early autumn preparation and should not be underestimated in the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap (1200m).