And Beyond’s ‘killer instinct’ will be tested when the Tasmanian galloper attempts to stay unbeaten on Saturday at Caulfield.
And Beyond has posted six straight wins to start his career, including a successful Melbourne raid that resulted in a Sandown win back in March.
The form out of And Beyond’s sole Melbourne win is strong after the runner-up Curran went on to post a pair of Saturday city wins in subsequent runs.
Trainers Ken and Tanya Hanson have waited for the right assignment to test And Beyond in Saturday metropolitan grade.
“That Curran form has been absolutely brilliant,” Tanya Hanson said.
“You don’t get many Benchmark 78 races on a Saturday.
“We had him entered for a Benchmark 84 two Saturdays ago but we didn’t get a run plus we couldn’t go over with him because of Covid.
“We’re thinking this Covid situation might not improve so we have got to bite the bullet and send him across without one of us.”
And Beyond will put his six-race unbeaten run on the line at Saturday’s Caulfield races. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
And Beyond had a break after his Sandown win but returned with two wins on the Devonport Synthetic track on June 6 and July 11.
The son of Wordsmith posted a narrow win at his last outing but Hanson said And Beyond was never in danger of losing his unbeaten record.
“The horse on the inside fought back that day but I don’t think he would have beaten him,” Hanson said. “He’s got a real killer instinct.
“I don’t think he’s entirely comfortable on the synthetic. I don’t think he lets down fully and the grass is definitely his go.”
Hanson said the stable had not looked past Saturday’s Linda Leo Handicap (1400m) when assessing And Beyond’s campaign with the latest Covid out breaks making travelling difficult.
The Hansons acted on a suggestion from jockey Jason Maskiell when they booked apprentice Lachlan Neindorf to ride And Beyond at Caulfield.
“The original plan was for Jason to ride him but he suggested we get a claim,” Hanson said.
Maskiell is the grandson of Ken and nephew of Tanya Hanson.
Originally published asBeyond chasing seventh heaven at Caulfield
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