Lundholm’s Destiny delayed but confidence sky- high
TRAINER Clint Lundholm says it still hurts when thinking about Joey’s Destiny’s last start in the Dubbo Country Championships Qualifier but a win at Narromine today will ease the pain.
Lundholm had four runners in the race that day with Joey’s Destiny $2.60 favourite but he finished fourth.
Today’s Diggers Cup (1300m) is a good race to get that winning feeling back after three-straight fourths.
“The horse has come on since that race and drops back in weight so I think he’s up to them,” Lundholm said.
“He’s 100 per cent. He’s been carrying big weights and not getting beaten far so this looks a nice race for him.’’
It’s a race stacked with horses who have claims and won’t be a walk in the park for Lundholm’s four-year-old who has amassed a nice record (18: 4-4-4-).
If Choice Larga runs, he brings Saturday city form and even some of the more lowly-rated runners have been winning of late.
“Barricade isn’t a bad horse but if you measure up Joey’s Destiny’s form against the rest, it stacks up against any of them,” Lundholm said.
“It’s a very even field. Justin Stanley has a few in there that ran well in the Country Championships Qualifier and, if the old Richard The First turns up, he’ll be in the finish.” Apprentice Chris Williams takes the ride and he’s flying high at the moment following a win on Ever So Natural on the Kensington track at Randwick on Wednesday.
He’s ridden 26 winners this season at the handy strike rate of 16 per cent and will guide Joey’s Destiny out of gate 11.
“I thought Chris was a 2kg claimer but he’s obviously ridden more winners than I thought and he’s got one in town now so he’s been kicking goals,” Lundholm said.