Absalon ‘pain free’
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.’’