Close the DOOR

The Sportsman Weekend - - Front Page - By RAY HICKSON

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).

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