The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

KURT Gold­man (pic­tured) will give Equal Bal­ance his first test in Satur­day city grade to­mor­row at Rose­hill Gar­dens fol­low­ing some good High­way Hand­i­cap runs.

The Goul­burn-trained run­ner is be­ing set for a crack at the rich Magic Mil­lions Guineas early next year and Gold­man is giv­ing him an­other lead-up run in the three-year-old event over 1200m to­mor­row.

“I think he’s def­i­nitely a city­class horse. We beat Easy Ed­die to break our maiden then he came out and won in the city so you can line things up a lit­tle bit,” Gold­man said.

“He’s still a bit green and do­ing a few things wrong but he’s get­ting bet­ter with each start. He’s do­ing it now on raw abil­ity but what he’s do­ing says he’ll be com­pet­i­tive at a three-year-old level in town.”

Gold­man wants Tye Ang­land to ride him just off the speed in the small field.

“I don’t re­ally want him to lead be­cause I’m still try­ing teach him to set­tle. The time he did lead he got beaten by a nose and got lost out there on his own,” he said.

“That’s rea­son I haven’t stepped him up in dis­tance yet ei­ther. There will be speed gen­er­ated in the race and that will ed­u­cate horse. He’s much bet­ter when he’s got some­thing to fol­low and run down. “If he can win this week­end he’ll stamp his po­si­tion in the race.

“If he can win this week­end he’ll stamp his po­si­tion in the Magic Mil­lions race.”

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