HAWKESBURY RACE PRE­VIEW

PLUS MATT JONES’S BEST BETS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - MATT JONES

THE chances of Myprayer in the first race will rest on two ri­val run­ners who Louise Dean hopes will set the race up for her horse.

The four-year-old fi­nally gets up to 1500m and his fate is gen­er­ally dic­tated by the tempo and the speed map says Rapido Cha­parro and Magic Search may help set up a win for the back­mark­ers by putting on a good speed.

The trainer al­ready knows the plan for Jay Ford who sticks with her horse af­ter they ran an un­lucky se­cond at Goul­burn last start.

“We’ll run along in the race, hook out and off we go,” Dean said.

“He takes a while to wind up. A lot of the races he’s been in have been small fields where they’re gen­er­ally stop-start races and he needs the speed on to get into the race.

“He’s the most un­lucky horse I’ve ever had.’’

Myprayer will come out of bar­rier seven and be ready to build into the race ap­proach­ing the home turn but he needs to get away well and re­lax if he’s to storm over the top of his ri­vals.

“Jay had to re­ally get stuck into him for the first 300m at Goul­burn then he got into a rhythm and a horse slightly came out and took his run­ning,” Dean said.

“Draw­ing out is a good thing be­cause he can get caught up. Jay will be able to set his own course and, if the speed is on, it will suit him.

“I’ve taken the winkers off and Jay doesn’t think it will hurt him; he’ll be able to have a lit­tle look around.”

With an im­por­tant gear change made, Dean hopes Myprayer will show his full po­ten­tial. His only win came over 1500m when bolt­ing in at Kem­bla Grange last prepa­ra­tion and, af­ter three good runs this time in, he’s ready to peak.

“I don’t over­race him be­cause there’s not much of him,’’ Dean said. “I’ve just tried to build him up slowly and now we are get­ting fair dinkum. If he’s go­ing to show any- thing, it should be in this race. Once he gets go­ing, he re­ally tries. He just needs things to go his way.’’

Musume is Dean’s other run­ner to­day, in the Maiden Hand­i­cap (1300m), and she’s got race ex­pe­ri­ence on her side. She’s run se­cond at her past two over the same trip and is ex­pected to be driven to the lead by Adam Hyeron­imus.

“She just jumps out and goes,” Dean said.

“She’s al­ways been very quick and now we’ve got to main­tain that and keep go­ing.

“If she jumps like she nor­mally does, she should have enough pace to get across into a nice po­si­tion, slow them down and dic­tate the race.

“You don’t know how a lot of them will race but we’ll stick to our plan and let them sort them­selves out.’’

Dean said it would be ex­tra sat­is­fy­ing to get a win with the grey filly. “I trained her mother (Elka­ydee) and Adam rode her,’’ she said.

“She only had four starts and broke down.”

Glyn Schofield will be seen at his best to­day at Hawkesbury. Pic­ture: AAP

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