Sprague convinced Dew Drop is a player in thin Prelude
IT looks as if Dew Drop has a sense of timing about him as he heads into today’s Port Macquarie Cup Prelude (1812m) fourth-up for John Sprague.
The local horse ran very well in the same race last year and, after two placings and a last-start win, this time in he’s looking like a major player in a fairly thin prelude.
“We threw him in the deep end last year and he ran third in the race so we’re having another crack and we’re another year older and another year wiser,” Sprague said.
“My old boss Glen Hodge had a look at him a few years ago and told me he’d end up being a good stayer so I’ve hung on to him and he’s always run me nice races without hitting his mark.”
The five-year-old has only won three races from 32 starts but he’s a stayer so those stats are a little misleading as he’s taken time to turn into the finished product.
From barrier three, Dew Drop will get his chance and has won twice at the track.
“He was a big baby and hadn’t got around to it (winning),’’ Sprague said. “You’ve got to season the stayers and, when there’s not too many races for them, you’ve got to place them where you can.
“It’s not as deep as the Port Cup will end up and he’ll have to run first or second to get into that race. He’ll have to run a bottler in the Prelude.”
Sprague races The Kroc in the fourth race over 1506m and he, too, is looking to produce a peak performance this time in after two grounding runs where he’s shown improvement each time.
“I’m expecting a good run out of him,” the trainer said.
“Our jockey (Luke Rolls) said he should run a good race next start after needing a couple of runs.
“He ran well last start and we’re expecting something out of him this time.”