Pride hoping Sikhing can return to the winners’ circle
JOE Pride will be credited with ‘the training performance of the day’ should the Rosehill Gardens bound Sikhing Glory return to the winner’s stall after an injury-enforced 12-month absence from racing.
The five-year-old son of Sepoy has won four of nine starts, the last three in-arow culminating in a Warwick Farm midweeker on October 25, 2017.
“He had a tendon injury but he’s come back in good order, I’ve been pleased with his trials and am looking forward to taking him back to the races,” Pride said.
“He was going really well at the time too. The extra time off hasn’t done him any harm and it wasn’t a very serious tendon injury. We have given him the time and brought
back slowly.” Pride’s other three runners at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow all wear the Proven Thoroughbreds colours namely Brook Magic, Gamblestown and Argent D’or who will be starting alongside stablemate Sikhing Glory in the ATC Oh No Darren The Big Five Sprint (1100m).
“I thought he was a little disappointing last start but he’s had a little freshen-up and hopefully he can run a bit of race,” Pride told Sportsman.
“Rosehill is not his favourite track but some of his runs there have been pretty good.’”
Tough nut Gamblestown is just two starts away from a half century of appearances but with a winning strike-rate of less than 10 per cent.
“He is a frustrating horse, he just never seems to win,” Pride said. “He ran quite well last start and was pretty good at 2000m last preparation so he gets another opportunity tomorrow.
“Rosehill is a track that he prefers lot more than Randwick and there’s been a long succession of Randwick
meetings so back there (tomorrow) is an advantage to him.”
Punters who follow the ‘Joe Pride in the last’ system could well be in line for another collect tomorrow given the presence of handy mare Brook Magic who was a two and a quarter length fourth behind Single Bullet in 1000m race at Randwick on October 27.
“I thought she was a little bit disappointing off hot tempo first-up,” said Pride.
“She is better suited at 1100m, she is drawn out a bit, but can use her speed to come over.”
Sikhing Glory. Pic: Grant Guy