Hip­ster can fash­ion coolest of tri­umphs

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - MATT JONES

TRAINER Tim Martin is send­ing a hand­ful of chances to Rose­hill Gar­dens to­mor­row and thinks his least ex­pe­ri­enced run­ner is his best bet.

The Hip­ster is sec­ond-up in a Bench­mark 80 Hand­i­cap over 1200m and was im­pres­sive on re­turn from a long break at Hawkes­bury on Novem­ber 15.

He was com­ing off a year-long ab­sence from the races af­ter win­ning on de­but in De­cem­ber 2016 and showed he was back with a good ef­fort be­hind the very im­pres­sive Mar­ble.

Martin has put plenty of time into his promis­ing four-year-old, who was off race­tracks fol­low­ing a pad­dock ac­ci­dent, as he steps out for just the third time with Adam Hyeron­imus on board.

“The Hip­ster has im­proved since that run so hope­fully he can run well in a hard race on Satur­day,” Martin said. “I’ve thrown him in at the deep end but I want to win a Satur­day-class race with him over the sum­mer.”

Martin con­ceded the horse was still im­ma­ture and is a big, soft gal­loper, but is sure he’s got some qual­ity about him and will progress nicely through the grades start­ing to­mor­row. He wants to test him. “I did put him in this race for that rea­son, to see what he’s got, and I think he’ll be hard to beat,” Martin said.

“If he’s as good as I think he is he’ll be right in it. The horse that beat us last start is a very good horse and we’re in this with no weight. “He’s my pick of the day.” From bar­rier seven, Martin will in­struct Hyeron­imus to find cover rather than look for the lead like he’s done at his only two ca­reer runs.

“If he gets that we can see how good he is,” Martin said.

Hyeron­imus, who has rid­den The Hip­ster at his two starts, feels the horse is adapt­able and de­scribed him as “pretty cool and easy­go­ing”.

“I don’t think it mat­ters where he races. It just de­pends on the tempo and keep­ing him in a com­fort­able rhythm,” he said.

“It was a great run last time be­cause the Godol­phin horse is pretty good. And he had such a long time off so it was pleas­ing to see him come back well.

“He’s got a good turn of foot but he’s also got a high cruis­ing speed and a lovely ac­tion.”

Martin and Hyeron­imus will com­bine in three more races in­clud­ing the Na­tional Jock­eys Trust Hand­i­cap (2000m) with peren­nial placeget­ter Gam­bler’s Blues, who is com­ing off a sec­ond plac­ing to Dagny over 1800m on Novem­ber 25.

He’s had eight starts at his home track for six sec­onds but is yet to win.

“He’s well named, isn’t he? But he’s never been go­ing bet­ter. He just al­ways finds one that gets past him,” Martin said. “I think go­ing up to 2000m will suit him and we’ll ride him a bit qui­eter this time.”

The dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning and an­other sec­ond could come down to the ride by Hyeron­imus. He’s got to times the seven-year-old’s run to per­fec­tion.

“We’ll be try­ing to get to the front as late as pos­si­ble. We can’t get there too early,” Martin said. “He half-waits. You can’t get in front on him too early. The other day he did that and thought it was all over af­ter he hit the front and pulled up. The horse is right so let’s see if it’s his turn this week­end. He’ll sit mid­field and hope­fully the tempo is good.”

Hyeron­imus said judg­ing the race wasn’t too hard as long as he gets an even share of luck.

“I’ll let him keep build­ing into it and hope­fully I get the tim­ing right and he hits the front in the last few strides,” he said.

Mean­while, Martin said Pick Me Up has to im­prove off last Fri­day night’s third to In­vin­ci­ble Quest if he’s to win a Bench­mark 89 over 1100m to­mor­row.

“He had a good blow last week so I thought it would be good to back him up,” Martin said. “He’ll sit off them and draw­ing a bit wider will help him this time.”

King Darci is an­other Martin run­ner who is in the mar­ket in the last event of the day over 1500m.

“It looked like he raced flat last time but he too had a good healthy blow and pulled up well,” he said.

Gam­bler’s Blues is out to break a run of sec­ond plac­ings at Rose­hill to­mor­row.

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