By Julieanne Horsman
Gadfly will be on trial for the Provincial Championships when he lines up in the Transition Class 1 Handicap (1350m) at Wyong on Wednesday.
The three-year-old gelding, trained by Paul Perry at Newcastle, put in a solid performance in an open trial at his home track last week, finishing 3rd behind Group 1 winner Le Romain.
“He worked home nicely and overall I was happy,” Perry said.
At his last start in a BM67 over 1000m at Warwick Farm earlier this month, Gadlfy finished a disappointing 9th but Perry says that run should be forgiven and forgotten.
“He pulled up with a heart arrhythmia after the race,” Perry said.
“He has since been cleared of any ongoing issues by the vet and was fine after his barrier trial so I think we can write that race off due to the heat.
“It was up around 40 degrees that day.”
Prior to that Gadfly was impressive when breaking his maiden at Gosford, fighting to the line and coming out on top in a photo finish.
He also notched three minor placings at Newcastle leading up to the win.
On Wednesday Gadfly has been allotted the topweight of 59kgs in the race but Perry isn’t worried.
“He’s not a big horse but he will be able to handle the weight,” Perry said.
“He has drawn well in barrier three and has a great rider on board in Tommy Berry.
“The distance suits and hopefully he will settle just back off the speed and make his move in the straight.
“If he performs well the Provincial Championships are definitely on the radar.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself though so we will wait and see.”