By Geoff Newling
So You Know is about to crack the $100,000 prizemoney barrier but will have to do it on a heavy track at Tamworth on Friday.
The Scott Thompson-trained gelding, who will be racing for the 50th time is the winner of seven starts with another 13 placings topping his prizemoney up to $99,745.
After Thursday morning’s rain the Tamworth track was downgraded to a Heavy 10 with a reassessment by HNWRA stewards at 2pm this afternoon.
“If we don’t get any more rain they may bring it back to a Heavy 9,” Tamworth Jockey Club general manager Damon Sullivan said this morning.
“We’ll see how it goes. We had 10mm at the track but there is a lot of surface water lying around the track as well.”
After the wettest Spring on record the TJC is used to racing on Heavy 8, 9 and 10 tracks. And So You Know is one of those having won and placed on heavy tracks.
Last week he was beaten a length and a half by Hesco Gold on a Heavy 8 at Tamworth and all up he was won four from 13 at Tamworth as well, on Good, Soft and Heavy.
Tomorrow he will be ridden by Ben Looker and they will jump from barrier two with 58.5kg, the same he lugged to win at Tamworth two starts back and dropping a kilo from his gallant last second to Hesco Gold last Friday.
That was a gallant effort, giving the winner 7kg as well as toughing it out in the heaviest section of the track, Scott Thompson said this morning.
“All I can say is, the only worry with him is seven days between runs,” Scott Thompson said.
“But we want to run him at Walcha (1440m Walcha Cup) and he needs this run with two weeks to Walcha. I’d rather him on top of the ground but he did pull up good. He’s done everything right, working good, eating good and looking good. He should be up there from the barrier (2) and Benny (Looker) has ridden him perfectly his last two starts.”
Scott trains So You Know for his father and training legend Bill “Bot” Thompson at Quirindi.
“I’ve only had him this prep, his last five starts,” Scott said. "I’d like a stable like him, a real good honest horse, no world beater but a good honest horse who tries all the time.”
So You Know is one of three horses in tomorrow’s $20,000 FSDP Benchmark 70 Handicap (1200m) who have won on wet tracks. He is joined by Fort Sumter (Pat Farrell) and Anytime Baby (Connie Greig) while Local Hero (Greg Bennett), Gendebein (Paul Perry) and About Time (Gavin Groth) have placed on a heavy surface.