Ab­sa­lon ‘pain free’

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

TRAINER Sam Ka­vanagh says Ab­sa­lon is pain free and in ca­reer best form.

Ka­vanagh be­lieves those fac­tors helped Ab­sa­lon to win yes­ter­day’s Tat­ter­sall’s Recog­ni­tion Stakes (1615m) at Doomben.

‘‘He’s got a lot of tal­ent this horse and he’s been in great form at home,’’ he said. ‘‘His last win at Rand­wick was su­per and he’s got his con­fi­dence sky high.’’

Af­ter Ab­sa­lon gal­loped at Rose­hill on Tues­day, Ka­vanagh rang Claire Bird, the rac­ing man­ager for owner Gerry Har­vey, and de­clared the fiveyear-old was on tar­get for the Recog­ni­tion Stakes.

But when heavy rain fell at Doomben yes­ter­day, he ad­mit­ted his con­fi­dence be­gan to wane.

‘‘He’s had two goes on wet tracks for two fails,’’ he said. ‘‘But we were up here, the horse has been go­ing fan­tas­tic and I re­ally wanted to have a go.’’

Rid­den by Larry Cas­sidy, Ab­sa­lon ($17) hit the lead on the home turn and held his ri­vals at bay to win by 1¼ lengths from Fillydelph­ia ($4) and El­man­tosh ($10).

Cas­sidy was con­fi­dent Ab­sa­lon would win from the time he was legged aboard the five-year-old.

‘‘Can­ter­ing to the bar­ri­ers he gave me such a great feel,’’ he said.

‘‘It can change once you come out of the gates but it didn’t with him. He’s a bit one-paced and you’ve just got to keep him rolling along but when he gets into that groove, he can main­tain it.’’

Sam Ka­vanagh

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