Caribbean Blaster as tough as they come

05:06 PM 24 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Caribbean Blaster - will compete in tomorrow's Ballarat Cup.

The Victorian Cup champion of 2012, who last start won the SA Cup and captured the Chariots Of Fire as a four-year-old, very rarely runs a bad race.

He is also incredibly tough, trainer Andy Gath declaring the horse’s constitution was about as good as it comes.

“He always tends to race that bit better a week after a run,” Gath said recently.

Caribbean Blaster doesn’t mind working in his races. His Victoria Cup win was enormous as he had to overcome an extreme back-row draw. He also worked over-time out three-wide with no cover in the Cranbourne Cup recently and finished a gutsy fourth.

Heading into Saturday night’s Group 1 Petstock Ballarat Pacing Cup, the Gath team – Andy’s wife Kate drives the horse – has reason to be chipper about its charge’s chances from the plum barrier two draw.

While Caribbean Blaster is blessed with early speed, he is also super versatile. If Gath allows Smoken Up to push forward and attack pole-marker and likely leader The Gold Ace, she could snare the coveted one-out-one-back spot and blouse rivals in the straight.

Caribbean Blaster finished third to Mah Sish in the 2013 AG Hunter Cup off a 10m handicap, so the stand start should prove no problem.

CARIBBEAN BLASTER

Age: 6

Trainer: Andy Gath

Driver: Kate Gath

Biggest wins: Victoria Cup, SA Cup, Chariots Of Fire.

Best traits: Versatile, can lead and win or come from behind with a big finish. Also very tough; if there’s work to be done, he’ll get it done.

Can he win the AG Hunter Cup? Sure can. He’s got the form and the class to give it one heck of a shake.

By Cody Witherell (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

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