By Ray Hickson
Joe Pride reckons he’s under-rated as a trainer of stayers and he believes he’s unearthed a promising one in the lightly raced Cyber Intervention.
The Warwick Farm trainer has a proven record with sprinters at the highest level, and with rejuvenating tried horses, but doesn’t get many raps for winning races over ground.
Of course Destiny’s Kiss has won at two miles and a host of feature Listed staying Cups and just last week he trained Kaapfever to win over 2400m at Randwick.
“For someone who’s not meant to be able to train them I reckon we do a pretty good job,’’ Pride said.
“We don’t get any credit for that so I think I’ll just have to keep training winners over staying trips and sooner or later someone will work it out and give me a nice import.’’
Cyber Intervention, along with stablemate Arraignment, is engaged in the TAB Handicap (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday and it will be the second run of a preparation aimed at testing out Pride’s view of him as a prospective stayer.
The four-year-old finished strongly late when he resumed with a second over 1300m behind Stella Sea Sun at Randwick's Kensington track on June 26, his last 200m of 12.09 (Punter's Intelligence) was the fastest of the race.
Cyber Intervention's first-up second at Randwick on June 26
“He’s a nice horse, very exciting and it’s nice to have him back,’’ Pride said.
“He showed he’s come back well with that first up run and I’m looking forward to getting him out to 2000m again and probably beyond as well.’’
The gelding is pressing for TAB favouritism at $4.40 behind Nahuel ($4.20) who, interestingly, he beat when they last met over 2000m at Rosehill in February.
Arraignment, meanwhile, is on the back up after failing at Randwick last Saturday. His last win was a decision over Gaulois, the recent Civic Stakes winner, over the Rosehill 1500m back in December.
Pride will be hoping New Tipperary can turn the tables on Gaulois when they clash in the Listed $150,000 Winter Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill after running third when resuming two weeks ago.
The five-year-old, not a noted first-up performer, meets the Godolphin galloper 2kg better for a less than half a length defeat there and has won four from seven second-up.
“I was happy to see Gai nominated Stampede so he will get in nicely at the weights,’’ he said.
“He has such a fantastic record second-up so I’d be hopeful he can pull out one of his second-up improvements.
“It was easily the best first-up run of his life so it was a good indication he is back in terrific order.’’
Pride said he’d like to see Rosehill improve into the soft range come Saturday and that would provide New Tipperary, who was $13 with TAB on Wednesday, with an ideal scenario.