Horse Racing

Giga goes to the field to Kick opponents in Danehill Stakes

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Giga Kick will be on the field to extend his undefeated record to four as he lines up at Flemington

Clayton Douglas admits he was a little emotional before the Giga Kick headed to Flemington in what is shaping up to be the young coach’s most important moment.

A former diver who has won two Grand Steeplechasing annually at Warrnambool, Douglas has been training for just over two years and already has a Giga Kick running in Group 2 Danehill Share (1200m) on Saturday to one of Australia’s major owners Jonathan Munz.

Douglas achieved his greatest success as a trainer when the Giga Kick knocked out Group 3 Vain Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in August.

A recent jump and a proper on-field gallop at Mornington on Tuesday gave Douglas confidence that the Giga Kick is in the right shape to run well on Saturday.

But there will be a few sleepless nights as the countdown to Saturday thinks about the race.

“I understand a little bit about this,” Douglas said.

“I think he’s pretty good and the market could suggest that on Saturday. I just trust the process that he’s a good horse, so hopefully we’ll see it on Saturday.

“He was immature when he won his debut at Sale, but he kept growing and was on the right track all the way.

“He looks a lot better in the jacket and has gotten a lot stronger, so I’m happy with his situation.”

Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stock (1200m) at Flemington on October 29 is next on the agenda with a $2 million prize pool.

Giga Kick isn’t the only horse Douglas trains Munz as he also prepares a two-year-old boy Pariah.

“I can’t thank Jonathan enough,” Douglas said.

“He supported me throughout my career, even when I rode for Freedman in his shirt and even during school holidays when I was a kid, I would go down to Pinecliff and work.

“It’s good to think I got a favorite for him in Group 2 on Saturday.”

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