Pride hop­ing Sikhing can re­turn to the win­ners’ cir­cle

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

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

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