Trainers Leon and Troy Corstens will be careful they do nothing to upset the racing gods in the days leading up to Saturday’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
The father-and-son training duo will run colt Ranting and filly Swats That in the $1.5 million feature.
Troy Corstens knows horses cannot afford the slightest setback to win a Group 1 race. He said nothing has gone wrong in the duo’s preparation for the Coolmore Stud Stakes.
“It’s such an important thing going into races like this to have horses that are sound, don’t get sick, don’t have viruses, bloods are right,” he said.
“There’s so much that goes into it and touch wood we’ve just had faultless preparations for these two.
“Absolutely nothing has gone wrong.”
TAB has both horses at $8 in their Coolmore Stud Stakes betting market. Corstens said he was also reluctant to split the pair.
However, he said Ranting still had a bit to learn as he showed in his surprise win over two rivals in the Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield.
Ranting won the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield last time out. Photo: Pat Scala/Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
“I think Swats That has a little bit more race smarts than Ranting,” Corstens said.
“Ranting can still do a little bit wrong. You saw in the Blue Sapphire that he pulled extremely hard.
“He’s not going to be able to do that on Saturday in the Grand Final against this opposition and still get it right.
“I don’t want to lean, that might make a little bit of difference, but in all seriousness, Ranting, we’ve done all we can to teach him to switch off.”
Ranting and Swats That are trained at Flemington but the Corstens camp gave them another look at the straight course along with other Coolmore hopefuls last week.
Corstens said there were no standouts in the jumpout but all performed well, which made for a great contest on Saturday.
“When you analyse it closely, not a lot were let off the bridle,” Corstens said.
“Usually in that trial you get something that really scorches in front and everyone starts talking about it. Everyone was very guarded and they went down really nicely.
“We really respect the competition on Saturday but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Originally published asLocals count down days to Coolmore
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