By Ray Hickson
They say there’s a race for every horse and trainer Joe Pride is confident he’s found the right one for Realise Potential at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
The consistent five-year-old hasn’t won since November last year but a closing second behind Nictock on August 23, over the same course as the Schweppes Handicap (1000m), has Pride thinking he’s ready to win.
Despite his three career wins coming at 1200m, 1300m and 1350m Pride has learned the gelding is most effective over the shorter courses.
“I’m training him as a 1000m horse now, I may step him out to 1100m at some point, and he looks consistent and finishes all his races off,’’ he said.
“I have every reason to feel we’ve hit the right race with him.’’
Realise Potential finishing second to Nictock at Warwick Farm - August 23
Realise Potential, owned by Nick Moraitis, drops 2kg on his second-up effort where he had to make a couple of runs after going back from the ouside gate.
“The ride wasn’t right and Brenton (Avdulla) was a bit of a victim,’’ Pride said.
“He jumped okay and went back and forward while the winner had this cosy run. Given even luck he’s a very good chance of beating this lot.’’
Stablemate Timing is coming off a win against two rivals at Goulburn on August 14 and while Pride said she’s an honest mare she’s at her best when there’s a lot more give in the ground than we’ve seen in Sydney recently.
It’s well worth keeping an eye on what Our Mantra produces when he resumes in the Casino Prince@Vinery Plate (1200m) as he’s a horse Pride is expecting to win his share of races.
The lightly raced three-year-old was ridden on the pace in his three starts earlier this year but that’s going to change on Wednesday.
“He’s a nice horse who has a good future over a little bit of ground,’’ he said.
“This race is a start point for him, a good soft draw means he gets a nice run.
“I’m going to ride him off the race, which we’ve been teaching him in his trials, and ridden that way I expect him to be effective and find the line well.’’
Our Mantra's Warwick Farm barrier trial - August 25
Some comments from Joe Pride on the remainder of his Warwick Farm team:
Marabel (race 3) - When you look at her form that’s what she does first-up. Being in a new stable we’re trying to line her up with a different training regimen. She’s a mare that will improve well going into this and I’d expect a nice run from her.
Bon Equus (race 6) - He hasn’t matured at the rate I thought he was going to. When he was a three-year-old I thought he was going to be handy because of the way he was shaping up. We schooled him over the jumps going into the last run and that seems to work well and he’s had the same going into this race.
Little Miss Brown (race 8) – She pulled up with cardiac arrhythmia and was forced to trial. They usually bounce back pretty well from that so hopefully she is a case in point.
Brazen (race 8) - He has been disappointing so far but these horses coming back from bowed tendons whatever they do in their first prep they improve in their second. We’re going to try to ride him differently and ride him off the pace. Fingers crossed stuff.