By Ray Hickson
What is it about in-form three-year-old Easy Eddie that’s had trainer Joe Pride itching to see him race on a wet track?
Shortly after a slashing win at his soft track debut on the Kensington track earlier this month Pride expressed his eagerness for the gelding to really get his toe into the ground.
That wish is granted when he tackles a heavy track in the Dad & Daves Turf Handicap (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.
“Just watching him move on wet tracks he looks like he’s comfortable and I’ve had some pretty good wet trackers over the years,’’ Pride said.
“You watch enough horses you get an idea which ones will handle it, and there’s no guarantee he’ll handle heavy on Saturday, but I noticed a distinction when he got onto a soft track the other day.
“He looks like he will handle the wet and Saturday will be the ultimate test.’’
Easy Eddie is by Super Easy, a son of the grand producing mare Parfore and a half-brother to Pride’s top sprinters Terravista, Tiger Tees and Ball Of Muscle.
Easy Eddie romps away on the Kensington track on June 11
He was $4.20 second favourite with TAB on Friday behind Revenire ($4) with Lisdoonvarna, also by Super Easy, at $5.
Pride said what he saw in Easy Eddie’s almost four length win on June 11, where he sat off the pace, was a horse that is improving and is far from one dimensional.
That said, he wouldn’t be concerned if he returned to his front-running style.
“The handicapper tells me from the rating they gave him he went better than he has before and watching the race that’s the way it looked to me,’’ he said.
“He didn’t shorten stride, he lengthened and kept going.
“I wouldn‘t be trying to replicate it for the sake of it, if there isn’t tempo in the race he’s a fast horse and I’d be happy to have him leading.
“If people are looking at him as the horse to beat well how do you beat him? I think he’s versatile enough to be ridden a couple of different ways.
“When horses become one dimensional they become easy to beat but he looks like he has another dimension to him.’’
The Warwick Farm trainer is confident all his five runners at Randwick will handle the conditions though he doesn’t yet have any evidence with Knight Arrow who has his second race start in the Living Turf Handicap (1200m) but his chances have improved with the scratching of Irish Bet.
The youngster was doing his best work late when he posted a narrow win on debut at Gosford on June 14, with Punters Intel data showing his last 200m in 11.61 was his best split of the last 600m.
“I think it was an average race the other day but he’s a horse that will get much better as he gets older,’’ he said.
“I think he’ll handle the wet. He’s a nice horse, a big handsome horse with a good stride on him.’’
Pride warned not to sack Argent D’Or on his failure at Rosehill last week when he backs up in the Turf Drain Australia Sprint (1000m) alongside stablemate Timing.
Argent D’Or started $5.50 equal favourite but ran 12th behind Manolo Blahniq over 1300m last week and is a $9 chance in a race with arguably less depth.
“He didn’t have much luck but he was disappointing. I might have stretched him out too far and back to the short course he will be suited,’’ he said.
“His record (three wins from 19 starts) tells you something about him, he doesn’t win out of turn and his racing pattern doesn’t let him win out of turn.
“I thought it sets up nicely for him, he’s rock hard fit and if they go hard in front and he’ll come up that rise with a lot of horse underneath him.
“Both he and Timing are really good wet trackers, it’s a bit of a stab in the dark with her coming up in class. She’s a definite 1000m horse and there’s never a track that’s too wet for her.’’
He said last start Canterbury heavy track winner Filomena’s Grace will be aided by Quayde Krogh’s 3kg claim and Pride expects the mare to give a good sight in the SCG Trust handicap (1400m).