There’s a similar theme with Joe Pride’s two feature race runners at Randwick on Saturday.
Pride saddles up Threeood in the Listed Civic Stakes (1400m) and Kaapfever in the Stayers Cup (3200m).
Early in the careers of both horses the racetrack future didn’t look bright. Threeood took 14 starts to win her maiden while Kaapfever took seven runs to break through.
“They hardly set the world alight early,” Pride said.
“You see it more with a staying type like Kaapfever but he was getting beaten in class one and maiden plates early in his career.
“They’re just two horses that have continued to mature and they’ve wanted to be racehorses.”
Threeood is likely to be retired at the conclusion of her current racing campaign with a stud career waiting for the daughter of Star Witness.
Pride said the Group 3 winner from her previous campaign is in good order ahead of Saturday and ready to produce her best having been prepared for a possible start in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Joseph Pride discusses his runner at Randwick. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
“I left the option open to run her in the Tatt’s Tiara but on Monday I could see she wasn’t going to get into the field so this was the logical target,” Pride said.
“I reckon she’s going pretty good. It’s against the boys but you would have to think her first-up run would hold her in good stead for a race of this quality.
“She’s so honest, a real trier.
“She’s a typical cranky mare. Horses like her either channel that anger into a strength or a weakness and she takes it out on her opposition.
“She’s so tenacious, as tough as nails. Good tracks or heavy tracks, no problem to her.
“I think she’ll run well. She’s done well since her first-up run and her trial which was a beauty.”
Jay Ford will be aboard Threeood on Saturday and TAB fixed odds rate the mare a $6.50 chance while Kaapfever is the one the punters want in the Stayers Cup, firming in from an opening quote of $3.60, now the $2.80 favourite.
Kaapfever is the favourite in the Stayers Cup. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
“He looks a weighted certainty in so many ways. He’s got form around these horses and meets them better at the weights this time,” Pride said.
“If he runs the trip, which as I said I think he will, he’s going to take some beating.
“He’s such a durable and tough little horse. A great money spinner.”
Pride has three other runners at Randwick on Saturday – he nominated Brutality as the pick of the bunch in the Keith Free OAM Benchmark 88 Handicap (1800m).
“He’s honest and tries hard,” Pride said.
“I haven’t been able to place him to win yet this preparation but he’s close and with a bit of luck it will be on Saturday.”
Regan Bayliss rides Brutality, a $9.50 chance at TAB fixed odds.
Originally published asPride’s slow starters defying the odds
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