VALIANT REVS UP
ADAM Trinder is hoping it’s a case of beginner’s luck when his first Flemington runner, Valiant Warrior, tackles the 1100m Dalray Handicap tomorrow.
The former top jumps jockey has been training at Spreyton, Tasmania, for four years and three-year-old Valiant Warrior will be just his fifth mainland runner.
Trinder is second in the Tasmanian trainers’ premiership, five wins behind Scott Brunton.
Valiant Warrior has supplied five of Trinder’s 51 wins this season, taking the gelding’s record to six wins from eight starts.
“He’s pretty precocious. He’s run good times and he’s the right class of horse to bring over here,” Trinder said yesterday.
“Running down the straight is a query with him, but I’d expect him to be more than competitive in an offseason race.”
Trinder expected Valiant Warrior to be better suited at Moonee Valley in a fortnight.
Valiant Warrior, the mount of Regan Bayliss, is a $13 chance with TAB.