HAWKESBURY RACE PREVIEW
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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