Trainer predicts bright future for Meteorologist
HORSE RACING: The form guide reads eighth beaten four lengths but Marcus Wilson insists Meteorologist probably should have won last start as the stayer bids to book a Grafton Cup start on Thursday.
Gold Coast trainer Wilson is the first to admit Meteorologist's form has been patchy this prep but told punters to forget his last run when assessing his Grafton Cup Prelude (2215m) prospects.
"Last start we thought he could win at the Gold Coast but he had 60kg and probably should have won,” Wilson said.
"It was pilot error and he is a horse you have to wind up and get going from the half mile and there was no speed in the race and the jockey rode him like a sit-and-sprint horse. He copped a squeeze down the straight as well and he couldn't really wind him up and build momentum.”
Meteorologist has won three Saturday city-class races in Queensland and Wilson is upbeat he can return to form.
"He probably has to win that or run well to warrant going onto the Grafton Cup,” Wilson said. "It's a nice race for him and he gets in well at the weights.
"He drops 4.5kg from last start and I think he is going good. He is a big-track horse and I think Grafton will suit him because it's not a tight-turning track. Matt McGuren will suit him and if he can build his momentum up he will be strong late.”
The Grafton Cup Prelude joins the $25,000 John Carlton Cup (1206m) as the feature races on the Grafton card.
It comes as the club prepare for their two-day Ramornie-Grafton Cup carnival on July 12-13.
The South Grafton Cup will be run on Sunday.
BRAD DAVIDSON'S BEST BETS
BEST BET: CENTRAL WITNESS (Race 3, No. 10)
Didn't seem to handle the heavy track at Coffs Harbour last start but his two runs prior were outstanding. Can bounce back.
NEXT BEST: MISS SEVERINA (Race 2, No. 12)
She is a month between runs, up in trip, and that's the query, but her class should take her a long way nonetheless.
BEST VALUE: DIXIE LAD (Race 7, No. 11)
Happy to have something each-way on Dixie Lad at juicy odds and his first two runs have been over unsuitable trips. The last time he ran over this track and distance he was a winner and he can improve sharply.
OTHER VALUE BET: EDDY WOULD GO (Race 6, No. 12)
Has a horrible winning strike rate but so do a lot of these and he is another one who didn't handle the heavy Coffs Harbour surface last start. His form prior was solid and back him more the place.
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW: PAUL HAMMERSLEY makes the trip down from the Gold Coast for six strong rides.