Murphy to fly at Gundagai
Speedy customer Murphy's Prospect will be out to put a last start failure behind him when looking perfectly placed in Saturday's Class 2 1000m at Gundagai.
The Murphy's Blue Boy four-year old was super impressive when winning his maiden at Queanbeyan by five lengths before starting a warm favourite at Goulburn when finishing a slightly disappointing fourth beaten three lengths with trainer Matt Dale aware of what went wrong.
“I took the blinkers off in an endeavor to get him to settle a bit better because of the long straight at Goulburn but he got a bit lost and never seemed to travel that well,” Dale said.
“It was a good learning run for him and with the blinkers back on he should be very hard to beat on Saturday.”
Drawn barrier 7 and set to carry 57kg after the claim for Jason Collins, Dale is confident the horse will show is customary early pace and give them something to chase around the turning Gundagai curcuit.
“He looks pretty well in and the field doesn't appear overly strong and with Jason's claim he looks like he will be the one they have to catch,” he said.
“Gundagai track is a little like Queanbeyan as they seem to be turning most of the time and it suits horses on the pace and that's exactly where he will be.”
With just the four career starts to his name and only three since joining Dale from Joe Pride's Sydney stable, Murphy's Prospect had been aimed at this event prior to his Goulburn run and looks a good chance to continue the budding trainers impressive run over the carnival.
“A lot of the owners are from around the Gundagai area and enjoy getting out to the Snake Gully Carnival so they were all keen to have a runner,” Dale said.
“I've trained a winner at Gundagai at the past few carnivals and my horses seem to race well on the track and it would be nice to keep that stat going.”
In other news from the Dale camp, exciting four-year old Senhor Da Gama is still not certain to take his place at Canberra on Monday with a possible start at Canterbury on Wednesday on the cards.
“We had him in at Hawkesbury on Thursday but the weather wasn't on our side so basically we will just go where the track is best,” he said.
“He has a bit of weight at Canberra but that doesn't faze me too much, pretty much if the track stays dry in Canberra he will go round but if not we will wait and see what happens in town.”