Prosser and Haames hit the Highway chasing a Randwick win
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