Carousel’s ready to go round again
HE’s a rising eight-year-old who is second-up heading into tomorrow’s $250,000 Listed Pakenham Cup (2500m), but Like A Carousel still has a lot left in him yet according to trainer Ken Keys.
“He might still race until his 10. He’s a very good jumper,” Keys said.
Like A Carousel had a few starts in jumps races during the winter with success and returned to flat racing on December 2 when he came from 12th on the turn to run fifth over 1800m.
The step up 2500m is a quick one, but Keys is trying to get him to his best distances as soon as possible.
“He’s good and has pulled up well from his last run,” he said.
always been just below the topliners but he’s given cheek in a few good races before. He’s ran couple a seconds in Sandown Cups and was third to De Little Engine his staying effort is up with these.”
Despite only winning once from 13 starts on rain-affected tracks, Keys feels Like A Carousel will do better with some cut in the ground tomorrow.
“We want some rain, don’t read into his record. If it was soft it would be beautiful. His record on those wet tracks before was at short course racing,” he said.
“People look at his strike rate and say it’s terrible but he can’t win until he gets to 2500m and above and a lot of people don’t realise that he’s not in a position to win lot of the time.
“Some horse will get tired and he’s the fresh legs on the scene where some of the others have been going around for a few months and he deserves crack at them.”
Putting horses over the jumps often does wonders for them, mentally.
Efficient was given some work over the jumps prior to his Melbourne Cup win in 2007. While not being in the grey’s class, Like A Carousel is a happy horse.
“They’ve probably got him back interested in the game again now and he’ll go back over the jumps again winter I’d say,” Keys said.
Trainer Ken Keys believes a wet track will benefit Like A Carousel (right) in tomorrow’s Pakenham Cup.