Burgeoning squaregaiting rockstar Blitzthemcalder is headed to the stables of inform horseman Dean Braun on the back of a decision by owner Rick Burchell.
The move was forced due to Blitzthemcalder’s regular trainer Ross Payne taking up a position as stable foreman at Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s stables in Christchurch.
A winner of over $340,000 in prizemoney at the end of his three-year-old season, the star colt will now be set for feature races in Australia over the next six months.
“If he gets up in time for the Bill Collins mile that’s where we will go but if not the Dullard Cup is still on the radar but the real goal will be the Great Southern Star,” Burchell said.
“He’s pre-training in the pool every day because he was putting on too much condition. He’s weighing in at 526kg so we just plan to bring him up gently and lightly.”
The process to find Blitzthemcalder’s new trainer has been an exhaustive one with as many as four trainers in the running at one stage.
In the end it was down to just two and Burchell admitted today that Braun wasn’t always certain to be the trainer.
“Bryan Healy at Marnoo was my preference early doors. He’s been so helpful for all my horsing career but with his work commitments we all just felt it would be better for Blitzthemcalder to be at the pool,” he said.
“It’s more to look after him; we’ve got no joint problems so it’s just about putting some preventative measures in place to keep him healthy.”
The meticulous owner also announced that Braun has secured the promising but as yet unraced Lightning Calder.
If you haven’t heard the name yet then expect to hear more about him in coming months because Burchell has consistently intimated he could be just as good as his famous relation.
Burchell suggested the three-year-old could be on his way to the Harness Jewels in New Zealand this season.
By Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)