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Kiss Sum was obsessed with his benchmarks this spring but a win in Group festival shares 3 will go a long way to easing the pain of its connections.
As the winner of the Gunsynd Classic during the Brisbane winter festival, Kiss Sum returned with a Golden Eagle goal, but despite placing fifth in the Silver Eagle, his 90th benchmark failed to take him. He’s on the pitch for a $10 million movie.
Trainer Tracey Bartley faced the same conundrum in The Hunter and The Gong, the horse failing to make it through both races and at its only other spring run in the Cantala Stakes by weight-for-age. in Flemington, it finished the worst part of the track and finished last.
“Obviously we’ve been gutted a few times, but that’s it,” Bartley said.
“We just need to help him win and raise his benchmark.”
Bartley is hoping the horse’s luck turns better at Rosehill on Saturday, where Kiss Sum looks to have settled back into handicap. Festival stake (1500m).
The horse has pleased him since he returned from Melbourne, and mindful that galloping on a four-day resounding track from Cantala Stakes may have taken a toll on Kiss Sum on race day, he said. carefully controlled his track this week.
Bartley said: “He galloped here on Tuesday morning, just a light gallop.
“He took a trip to Melbourne and back and it was just to make sure he was healthy and happy inside himself and that he seemed really vivacious.”
Kerrin Mcevoy has ridden Kiss Sum in a Silver Eagle and will be back in the saddle on Saturday.
The four-year-old pulled out the 14-year barrier but Bartley didn’t anticipate that it would be a problem if he could find a three-man wide midfield capable of covering.
He looks perfect, I just want to see him perform and raise his ratings and hopefully he can get into Ingham, that’s his ultimate goal anyway, bro. he said.
The $2 million Ingham Staking (1600 million) will be held at Randwick two weeks from Saturday.
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