Sprinter gets weight re­lief

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER trent. slatter@ news. com. au

SOME wel­come re­lief from the hand­i­cap­per has Char­ters Tow­ers geld­ing Sim­ply Mar­vel­lous primed for his “grand fi­nal” in to­day’s Townsville Guineas Three- Years- Old Hand­i­cap ( 1609m) at Clu­den Park.

Sim­ply Mar­vel­lous has been the model of con­sis­tency through­out his three- year- old sea­son, miss­ing a place just twice in his 13 ca­reer starts in­clud­ing four wins.

That suc­cess has come at a cost and he’s had to carry at least 60kg in his last three races, with trainer Ben Wil­liams con­ced­ing that weight had started to catch up with his star sprinter.

Sim­ply Mar­vel­lous ran fourth in the Townsville Dol­lars Three- Years- Old Hand­i­cap ( 1400m) on July 15 when he car­ried 60.5kg, but that re­sult has also seen him drop back to 58kg for to­day’s Winter Car­ni­val feature.

Bold Shot for Sun­shine Coast trainer Gar­nett Tay­lor is the early favourite, but Wil­liams said he was con­fi­dent Sim­ply Mar­vel­lous would pro­duce an­other im­pres­sive run.

“To be hon­est, he hasn’t put a foot wrong this prepa­ra­tion,” Wil­liams said.

“He was just a lit­tle bit dour in the Dol­lars the other day, but he’s car­ry­ing big weights. The hand­i­cap­per’s been get­ting at him a lit­tle bit be­cause he’s highly rated.

“They’ve given him a bit of re­lief for the Guineas and ac­tu­ally dropped him 2.5kg. He’s only car­ried half a kilo less in his whole ca­reer.

“I’ve made a gear change and put the blink­ers back on him and also added tongue tie. Hope­fully he gets his mojo back a lit­tle bit af­ter car­ry­ing the big weights.”

Sim­ply Mar­vel­lous will push out to the mile for the first time to­day, but Wil­liams has en­listed the ser­vices of veteran jockey Gra­ham Kliese and he was con­fi­dent the horse would rise to the oc­ca­sion.

“It’s his last run this prep and the com­pe­ti­tion level is pretty high, but he’ll run well,” Wil­liams said.

“He’s done all his rac­ing in Townsville and knows the track. Gra­ham has done a su­perb job with him.

“I had to give him a cou­ple of sprint dis­tances, which his record is bet­ter at, but I’ve slowly stepped him out to 1300m and then 1400m.

“There’s no bet­ter rider than Gra­ham to steer him.

“The Guineas is the grand fi­nal so we’ll be happy to be there.”

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