Carousel’s ready to go round again

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

HE’s a ris­ing eight-year-old who is sec­ond-up head­ing into to­mor­row’s $250,000 Listed Pak­en­ham Cup (2500m), but Like A Carousel still has a lot left in him yet ac­cord­ing to trainer Ken Keys.

“He might still race un­til his 10. He’s a very good jumper,” Keys said.

Like A Carousel had a few starts in jumps races dur­ing the win­ter with suc­cess and re­turned to flat rac­ing on De­cem­ber 2 when he came from 12th on the turn to run fifth over 1800m.

The step up 2500m is a quick one, but Keys is try­ing to get him to his best dis­tances as soon as pos­si­ble.

“He’s good and has pulled up well from his last run,” he said.

al­ways been just below the toplin­ers but he’s given cheek in a few good races be­fore. He’s ran cou­ple a sec­onds in Sandown Cups and was third to De Lit­tle En­gine his stay­ing ef­fort is up with these.”

De­spite only win­ning once from 13 starts on rain-af­fected tracks, Keys feels Like A Carousel will do bet­ter with some cut in the ground to­mor­row.

“We want some rain, don’t read into his record. If it was soft it would be beau­ti­ful. His record on those wet tracks be­fore was at short course rac­ing,” he said.

“Peo­ple look at his strike rate and say it’s ter­ri­ble but he can’t win un­til he gets to 2500m and above and a lot of peo­ple don’t re­alise that he’s not in a po­si­tion to win lot of the time.

“Some horse will get tired and he’s the fresh legs on the scene where some of the oth­ers have been go­ing around for a few months and he de­serves crack at them.”

Putting horses over the jumps of­ten does won­ders for them, men­tally.

Ef­fi­cient was given some work over the jumps prior to his Mel­bourne Cup win in 2007. While not be­ing in the grey’s class, Like A Carousel is a happy horse.

“They’ve prob­a­bly got him back in­ter­ested in the game again now and he’ll go back over the jumps again win­ter I’d say,” Keys said.

Trainer Ken Keys be­lieves a wet track will ben­e­fit Like A Carousel (right) in to­mor­row’s Pak­en­ham Cup.

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