The harness racing team behind exciting freshman talent Caesars Folly will finally get the answer they've been looking for all season long this Friday night (August 13). Queensland training couple Shannon Price and Scott Miller have been bugged for months on end now hoping for some sort of closure to this conundrum.
Just how good is Caesars Folly?
It's a simple question, but, the answer has proven very difficult to comprehend.
Well, this Friday night at TABCORP Park, Melton, Caesars Folly will be tested against some of the very best talent on offer from the southern hemisphere when he tackles a semi-final of the Australasian Breeders Crown.
Thegelding will be pitted against star New Zealand colt (Our) Major Mark from the Mark Purdon/Grant Payne stable plus smart West Australian Go West U Terror, Bathurst Gold Crown winner Beetson plus a host of extra talented local colts headed up by Sushi Sushi, Dee Devito and Cullen Bromac.
Caesars Folly will start from the coveted pole position.
Champion reinsman Gavin Lang has given connections a good confidence boost already opting for their ‘stablestar' over a few other rivals where he was doubly booked.
The $40,000 New Zealand Premier yearling purchase was broken in by renowned horseman Dave McGowan from Pukekohe and early reports were positive.
Caesars Folly delivered on race day winning his first three races before connections turned their attention to the up-coming Gr.1 $150,000 Kevin Seymour Nursery Pace series.
"You can put the pen through him with that series, he was unluckily beaten in the heat and then got skittled in the final" Scott Miller said.
"After a dream start to his career, things went pear shaped quickly during that series but as they say - that's racing" Miller added.
Connections were hoping to draw a line on his ability during that series but they were left none the wiser.
In his next three starts after the Nursery Pace, Caesars Folly has won twice including an easy victory in his heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown at AlbionPark before being beaten at his most recent start.
Miller blames himself for his latest defeat behind Final Champion when a short priced favourite.
"We were a little soft on him after his Breeders Crown heat; we didn't want him wound right up because we wanted a little more up our sleeve before heading to Melbourne."
"With hindsight, it was probably the best thing for him and he has come on real strong since that start, the horse that beat him has won again since so the form has been franked."
Caesars Folly will share a flight to Melbourne tonight with crack New Zealand 3yo Courage To Rule who has remained in Brisbane since racing through the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
"The flight won't trouble him, he's a very casual sort of horse and having another older horse on the trip will only make it easier for him."
"As always, we will be based with Alan Tubbs at his Bacchus Marsh property so the only thing we're concerned about now is the cold weather."
A top five finish looks guaranteed from his ace draw but connections are looking for more than just making up the numbers in next week's $308,000 final.
"We don't just want to make up the numbers in the final" Miller stated.
The answer awaits.
by Chris BARSBY