Prosser and Haames hit the High­way chas­ing a Rand­wick win

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - ADAM SHERRY

WAUCHOPE horse­man Colt Prosser and his gal­lant geld­ing Haames have their best chance yet to taste vic­tory in a TAB High­way Hand­i­cap when they head Royal Rand­wick to­mor­row.

Af­ter two runs back from a spell, the four-year-old is ready to ven­ture back to Syd­ney to tackle to­mor­row’s TAB High­way over 1600m.

The geld­ing has drawn out­wide in bar­rier 12 but Prosser isn’t too con­cerned.

“Bar­rier draws don’t worry me. He gets back in the field any way,” Prosser said.

The son of Eaves­drop­per re­sumed from a spell with a length sec­ond to Stella Sea Sun over 1250m at Ta­ree on De­cem­ber 17 be­fore a length and a quar­ter third to West­ern Saga over 1600m at the same track on Jan­uary 2.

“I was dis­ap­pointed face value when he got beaten the other day at Ta­ree but the way track was play­ing, win­ners came from the front all day,” he said.

“Noth­ing made ground so his run to make up eight or nine lengths was fan­tas­tic.

“He had 59kg while the two that beat him home had 54kg and 56.5kg and we were try­ing to pull lengths off them. When I had a sec­ond look at the race, was pretty happy.

“Peter (Gra­ham) said be­ing sec­ond-up and hav­ing to close from a long way back, he might have just peaked the last 50m.

“He al­ways thought had them cov­ered but just couldn’t pull in late.

“He was happy with him and told me not to be too dis­ap­pointed in him and that he would im­prove so we’ll have an­other crack at a High­way.”

Haames con­cluded his first rac­ing cam­paign last win­ter with con­sec­u­tive runs in High­way Hand­i­caps at Rose­hill Gar­dens where he fin­ished third be­hind Ra­di­ant Choice and Hemmerle over 1400m a halflength fourth to My Blue Jeans over 1500m.

“He was prob­a­bly a bit im­ma­ture and a lit­tle bit lost in his rac­ing pat­tern,” Prosser said.

“Both jock­eys who rode him in those High­way races got off and were full of praise.

“He’s ma­tured nicely since then and he’s ready to have an­other crack at a High­way.”

Prosser rated top­weight Hemmerle as the one to beat but is look­ing for­ward the chal­lenge.

“We weren’t far off him last time we met and I’m look­ing for­ward to tak­ing him on again,” he said.

“Noth­ing made ground so his run to make up eight or nine lengths was fan­tas­tic” COLT PROSSER

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