Horse Racing

Reece Goodwin likely to return to Flemington

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Never Again is a powerful opportunity to support in Flemington

For the second weekend in a row, Never Again will likely have a chance to give emerging coach Reece Goodwin a career highlight.

The eight-year-old boy last Saturday became the first winner in Goodwin’s city to match the Pakenham Riders’ first Stakes runner on the $175,000 list JRA Cup in Flemington.

But, like last Saturday, Goodwin won’t be there for a dip if he wins.

The 25-year-old saw his win last weekend from the Wangaratta meeting, where he had two runners, leaving his father Barry at the helm of the ship in Sandown and that would be the scenario again if Never Again run in Flemington.

“As long as the horses are winning, I don’t mind if I’m not there and to be honest, it’s going to be that way again this week because I’m going to have one at Yea and that’s where I’ll be. ,” Goodwin said.

Never Again’s rebound from Saturday’s win is what prompted Goodwin to nominate High Chaparral’s son for Flemington with the decision whether he steps back in the 2600 meters likely to be made over the weekend. or not.

“He has to do well for the week, but at this stage we’ll accept it and take it from there,” he said.

Winning the First City is the latest chapter in Goodwin’s success story, who just started his first run in March of this year and in that time has prepared 11 horses to win 14 races. racing, most of which started their careers in other stables.

Goodwin paid $19,000 for Never Again, who won seven of 38 starts for Clinton Mcdonald before joining Goodwin, in the middle of the year.

Never Again didn’t run beyond the 1600m for McDonald’s and last Saturday’s 78-point win in the 2400m benchmark was his first start in the more than 2000m race and Goodwin said the performance forced him to think. more about what the future might hold.

“Honestly, I didn’t do much planning with him because with just five runs before he’d won a benchmark of 64 at Sale,” Goodwin said.

“But now that he’s won over 2400, it opens him up to a lot of options and could keep him at the barn longer.”

List Bagot Handicap (2800m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day is considered an option if he runs the distance well on Saturday with $250,000 Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) in February another option.

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