Tamworth coach Cody Morgan will be hoping the Christmas fun continues as he lines up two direct chances in Sunday’s Highway Handicap in Randwick.
Race Lord’s favorite casino will be leading the charge for the Cody Morgan Racing team, featuring the stable and fourth voted mate on the market, Anethole; as the duo looked prepared for daring performances on the Highway.
As a model of consistency for stables, Morgan couldn’t be more pleased with the consistent growth that four-year-old Casino Lord has made in each of its prep work.
Beating over 10 lengths on his teenage debut, Casino Prince is back from the paddock, a much-improved assortment earlier this year for his second campaign.
Having won three of the next six starts, including two starts and one city run, Morgan was quietly reassured by the four-year-old’s chances of continuing on the Freeway two weeks ago.
Drawn by a convoluted alleyway, the master miss Hugh Bowman was forced to ride backwards all the way, but after plunging straight down with a dramatic leg turn to savagely pave the way for a near third .
Drawn closer to the inside (8), Morgan, who will once again receive Bowman’s services, and believes the four-year-old will narrowly redeem the defeat.
“Every time we take him to races or gallop, he just keeps making progress and I don’t think he’s stopped,” Morgan said.
“I think he’s probably best at a mild 6 or higher, but I think he’s pretty well versed in both reasons that’s for sure.
“It looks like a good race for him on Saturday and we are really happy with him. I don’t think he can make full use of the gate, he’s not that kind of horse. If he can only be in midfield and not last, that would be a big help. ”
Also popular in the market is the stable Anethole. Like Casino Lord, the five-year-old is the second candidate for Sunday’s assignment, after returning to great order at Tamworth.
Tackling the final clear, the son of Exceed And Excel dashed home in an instant, leaving his rivals a few minutes ahead to finish momentarily early.
Proved pretty well for Morgan’s team, who have shown he has a lot of possibilities, never quite able to assemble a series of starters.
“It just goes through one thing or another. Morgan said.
“Hopefully as he gets older we’ll be able to get away with that and just let him race.
“It (first run) is the race of one horse of the upcoming winner. The way he bets is huge.
“He was pulled well (3), but instead of dropping right back, it would be ideal if he could take advantage in midfield. If he does that and it’s not too wet, I think he should run well.”
With the Fall Festival coming up, Morgan is excited about the return of his promising Kiwi galloper Edit and his targeted crusade towards the National Championships.
“Edit, Macleay and Wren’s Day watched my three horses go that way,” said Morgan.
“Editing is a very good final preparation; he just needs to improve his manners more than anything.
“It was really exciting to see him run the second best race behind Eduardo (Classique Legend Stakes). We look forward to seeing him again at the races.
Edit will have a chance to land a spot in the final game for the National Championships on March 6 in Tamworth, in the Hunter and North West Qualifiers.
The final will be held on April 2, at Randwick.
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