Wet track an unknown for Got the Goss
A heavy track appears the only danger to stopping promising galloper Got The Goss from remaining unbeaten when he lines up in the third race at Wagga on Friday.
Arriving on the scene earlier last month with an emphatic eight length trial win, the Trevor McIlrick trained galloper created a big impression on debut when spacing his rivals by four lengths at Thoroughbred Park.
While it is rare to see two-year-olds line up against the older horses, McIlrick's decision proved a master stroke with his talented juvenile defeating his rivals with considerable ease.
Although he has been allotted the top weight for Friday's affair, McIlrick is quietly confident with his only concern being the wet track.
"He's fit and well, he's back against he's own age group up a little bit in weight but he did carry 56kg to beat the older horses last start," McIlrick said.
"The 1200m should suit it's just the wet track I'm not sure whether that will suit him.
"He should go alright it's just the wet track but then again they all have to go through it."
With only 12 gallopers to ever hit the track for US bred sire Eavesdropper it is yet to be proven whether or not his progeny handle the wet however regardless McIlrick has confirmed that Got The Goss will be a certain starter.
"He's definitely running, the only reason why he won't run is if the track is underwater," McIlrick joked.
Although it remains to be seen how strong the form was out of his debut win, McIlrick hopes Friday's race will help paint a clearer picture as to where his galloper sits.
"He's still got a bit to learn that's why we've elected to go to Wagga with him and not rush into anything," McIlrick said.
"It should be a big help to give us an idea of where he is at."
Leading Canberra based jockey Brendan Ward will take the reins after fellow Canberra based hoop Kevin Sweeney rode him to his first career victory.
"Brendan [Ward] is probably one of the better country jockeys you could ever get so we are more than happy to have him on board," McIlrick said.
Although yet to be confirmed it appears Got The Goss will go to the paddock after tomorrow's outing.
"The owners and I are in no hurry and he's bred to be a bit better as a three and four-year-old so it's likely he'll go for a break after Friday," McIlrick said.