DRAWING the extreme outside barrier in tomorrow's $130,000 WHK Ramornie (1200m) would normally be cause for extreme angst, or a good reason to head to the bar for a stiff drink.
For young trainer Wendy Roche however, the trainer of brilliant sprinter Here de Angels, barrier 13, the visitor's draw, was “heaven sent”.
“If I had to draw a barrier I would have picked 13,” the Mittagong-based trainer said. “I couldn't be happier.
“That means he gets to go in last. For the horse, that's perfect.”
Here de Angels is a barrier rogue.
He was barred from racing in Victoria due to his barrier manners, but Roche, who rides the seven-year-old in all his work, has spent the best part of eight months curing the former Mark Kavanagh and Lee Freedman-trained gelding's aversion to entering the gates.
Following yesterday's barrier draw, TAB Fixed Odds have installed Here de Angels, to be ridden by Jeff Penza, $4.20 second elect behind Black Piranha at $3.60, who drew ideally in barrier 7.
Queenslander Temple Of Boom ($5) drew barrier three with Kris Lees talented galloper Motspur ($7.5) also drawing well in gate 5.
Jerezana ($11), the Darley representative trained by Peter Snowden who prepared last year's winner Pinwheel, drew barrier 6.
Here de Angels arrived in Grafton last Sunday and has “thrived” in the warmer climate Roche said.
“He galloped on the B grass Tuesday, had a workout on the course proper Friday and did pace work this morning (Monday),” Roche added. “Other than that he's been led off a pony around the streets of Grafton.
“He's a horse that's addicted to food. He's put on condition since he's been in Grafton. It's been eight months of hard work, some would say hell to get him here.
“I've risked my life with him.
“He's quite an exceptional horse, with a lot of character.”
Here de Angels, the winner of 11 from 31 starts and a multiple track record holder in Victoria, has had four barrier trials leading into Wednesday's first up assignment.
Con Karakatsanis, trainer of Black Piranha, was happy with the gelding's draw.
“We just need then to roll along. He's freshened up beautifully,” he said.
Snowden, currently in England and due back in Australia Tuesday, said Jerezana pleased the stable with a strong gallop last Saturday.
“She's in good order, all is fine.
"Since coming home from Brisbane she's worked well.”
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