The hero of Warrnambool, Gold Medals, will be at the May carnival for a seventh consecutive year and his eighth in total when he starts in next week’s Grand Annual Steeplechase after he won a 2800m steeple trial at the ‘Bool on Tuesday.
Trainer Symon Wilde was thrilled with Gold Medals’ win and he indicated that he would run in the Grand Annual (5500m) next Tuesday in preference to the Brierly Steeplechase (3450m) on the same day.
Wilde said in a perfect world, and a normal May carnival, Gold Medals, would follow the same path as the past two years, which was to run in the Brierly on the Tuesday and the Grand Annual on the Thursday.
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Gold Medals is in winning form heading into next week’s Warrnambool carnival. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
In 2018 Gold Medals won both races and last year he finished second in them.
Wilde said it was a tough decision to make as to which race Gold Medals ran in but it would almost certainly be the Grand Annual Steeplechase.
“He’s got one of each,” Wilde said. “To win two Annuals would be something a bit special.
“He’d be a great chance in either race but I’m probably leaning towards the Annual as where he’s at in his life as a 10-year-old gelding it makes more sense. Also he’ll meet last year’s winner Zed Em better on the weights.”
His regular jockey Clayton Douglas made the trip from Mornington to ride him on Tuesday and he gave Wilde a glowing report.
“He just bowled around. He was good, though,” Wilde said. “He won it but the others behind him were just idling around.
“I was really happy as he jumped really well and he looked quite sharp. It was good to see him do that as he’s such a hard horse to read in the yard as he’s so casual.”
Trainer Symon Wilde and jockey Clayton Douglas will chase more success with Gold Medals at Warrnambool next week. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia
Gold Medals appeared at the Warrnambool carnival as a two-year-old in 2012. He missed 2013, as he went to Adelaide to run in the South Australian Derby, but has appeared at every year since.
Wilde said the absence of crowds at next week’s two-day meeting had changed his approach.
“A lot of what Warrnambool is about is preparing horses so their owners can attend the carnival and watch them, but that’s not going to be the case next week. It’s not the priority it usually is to run horses there,” he said.
Herald Sun racing tipster the TAB’s Nick Quinn had a day out at Sale on Tuesday, tipping the last seven winners.
Quinn’s selection in the first race Night Of Delight finished third beaten by less than a length.
He then tipped correctly from the second race Bless Her ($2.70 fav), Does It ($1.65 fav), Carlton Rose ($1.90 fav), High Done ($2.20 fav), Quantum Mechanic ($8.50), Lake’s Folly ($2.10 fav) and the last race winner Moi Choux ($12).
The quaddie, which he tipped, paid $552.20.
Originally published asGolden chance for more glory at the ‘Bool
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