2 brothers 2 Orange
Canberra trainer Mick Miladinovic will make a rare visit to Orange on Friday with talented but enigmatic brothers Sacred Serb and Princip.
The sons of Nuclear Freeze are the latest foals to race from handy producing mare Sacred Halo whose claim to fame was Miladinovic's former top class galloper Century Cerb who was only recently retired to the spelling paddock.
Although not in the same class as there older full brother, Sacred Serb has shown enough on the track in two career starts to suggest he has plenty of upside with Miladinovic confident of a forward showing at Orange.
“I don't travel my horses too often and had them both in at Wagga but when the nominations came out for Orange it looked a lot weaker and both horses looked to be good winning chances,” Miladinovic said.
“Sacred Serb has only had the two starts and still has plenty of maturing to do where Princip has taken his time to work it all out but is starting to get better and should be ready to run a good race.”
Last time out on his home track, Sacred Cerb jumped quickly before looming up to win before shying and running to the outside fence when eventually finishing sixth behind Eye Of The Needle with the gelding then being sent back to the trials where he was an effortless 8 length winner in good time.
“This horse has plenty of ability, his form might not suggest that but his trial the other day was really impressive and his last run can be forgiven as he shied at the big screen television on the inside of the track.” he said.
“In hindsight I probably should have had a more experienced rider on him because the whole breed seem to race a little erratic at times but the problems have hopefully been rectified and hopefully he does everything right this time.”
Drawn barrier 3 in the field of 9 with Jon Grisedale booked to ride, Miladinovic expects the three-year old to hold a forward position and prove very hard to beat.
“The race doesn't look overly strong and there isn't much form in the race so from the good draw he should be in the finish,” he said.
“I wouldn't have chosen to go to Orange if I didn't think either of them could win so hopefully with a bit of luck and them both doing everything right we could come home with a double.”
Princip will start from the inside barrier but will be forced to carry top-weight with 59kg for Michael Travers.