It’s the right time for Byblos Boy to win another race, but whether that arrives at Goulburn on Friday or eight days later remains to be seen.
Byblos Boy is due to start as one of the favourites in the Forever Memories Class 2 (1000m), but trainer Peter Korn might scratch him if the track is too wet.
“It’s a good race for him on Friday, but I may save him for a week later if the track is too bad,” Korn said.
Presently the Goulburn track is rated a slow 7 but with the forecast good weather that is expected to improve.
Goulburn is only eight days out from running the South East Racing Association heat of the Country Championships and some horses will back-up at that meeting.
Goulburn trainer Danny Williams has some horses racing and trialling that may contest the $150,000 Championship.
Korn won’t be starting Byblos Boy in the big one, but if he can happen to break through on Friday it will be significant for himself and owner Belinda Haigh.
“I only have two horses in training and the other is also by Byblos who won Group races in Argentina,” Korn said.
“Belinda bought Byblos Boy a few years ago. I liked the look of him and he has been pretty consistent.”
Byblos Boy has finished second at four of his past six starts behind some talented gallopers including Pomelo and Clipper.
Pomelo beat Byblos Boy to the finish line by six lengths at Kembla Grange and looks a galloper of city standard, while Clipper has finished third in two Highways Handicaps.
That form stacks up strongly for Friday with Byblos Boy also finishing second at Canberra last Friday.
Korn, who turns 65 next month, said the country environment worked well for Byblos Boy who is bursting to break through.
“He has been going well without winning after running into some nice horses,” he said.
“He is fine to back-up after last week. He is only lightly raced for a seven-year-old and I reckon he can win more races.”
One of the favourites Turbo Bundy is likely to be scratched as he is also an acceptor with a jockey listed in the Class 1.