The Sportsman Weekend

Mihalyka knows The Truth about Handle’s chance in the Shorts

- SHAYNE O’CASS

SUCH are the variables of racing, that Louis Mihalyka’s worst horse has delivered him his best horse.

The Laurel Oak founder’s Kosciuszko winner and Saturday’s Shorts $151 shot, Handle The Truth, was never equipped to be a million-dollar galloper.

His dam, Assertivel­y, won $750 in her three massively underwhelm­ing starts for her trainer Joe Pride.

“She was disappoint­ingly slow,” Mihalyka recalled.

“I remember when Joe rang and said she’s not just going to make it, not good enough.

“There was one mating that I was really keen to do and I looked into my pedigrees it Star Witness who we had a share in.

“It was always our intention to race Handle The Truth but we had terrible trouble trying

syndicate him because he was so unfashiona­ble.

“I had more than half of him still left when he had a jump out one morning. Word got and my phone rang off the hook.

“The horse was filled mainly by people who were having a drink with Keith (Dryden) that afternoon.

“He was talented from day one and worked through his grades. He won a Highway

just kept going. “Keith uses lot of technology – heart-checks and recovery rates and things like that and said all his figures are as good as they have ever been so he is in really good order.’”

The majority of Handle The Truth’s rivals in The Shorts are on their way to The Everest. Handle Truth also has a Grand Final assignment at Randwick on the same day – aiming to repeat his 2019 Kosciuszko heroics. Mihalyka is realistic about

chances of beating the best sprinters in the world tomorrow but he knows from recent experience gelding will give his all.

“The expectatio­n is that he

be the rank-outsider has drawn nicely in three and I think he would be capable of running fourth or fifth,” Mihalyka said.

 ??  ?? Handle The Truth. Pic: Grant Guy.
Handle The Truth. Pic: Grant Guy.

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