Trainer/driver Peter Rixon will continue to follow the Barastoc Grand Circuit for the next six weeks with his star pacer Divisive after the gelding won the Miracle Mile on Friday night at Harold Park. The decision means Divisive will travel to Victoria and Western Australia in December, however Rixon has set his sights upon Saturday night's Treuer Memorial at Bankstown as his next target.
The six year old son ofhas drawn favourably in barrier four and Rixon is looking forward to the 2540 metre event.
"The barrier draw has been good for us but it's a completely different race at Bankstown and the race is over the longer trip. We are going to get our chance from gate four and hopefully it will be an evenly run race and I'm sure he will be in the finish again."
Rixon is not concerned with the eight day back up after the Miracle Mile victory and believes there is still improvement in Divisive.
"He didn't have a tough run at all in the Miracle Mile. He seemed great over the weekend and he did some pacework this morning (Tuesday) and he seemed really good. He's just in his normal routine and I think the run in the Miracle Mile would have improved him again because he was basically only third up from a spell."
Despite eleven horses accepting for the group one feature, there will not be a full field with I Am Sam scratched because of a foot infection while Miracle Mile entrant Special Albert is out after trainer Bill Dawson reported a high white cell count following his run last week.
Kiwi starhas made the trip to Sydney and will start from inside the back row and despite the awkward draw Rixon still concedes the five year old a big chance.
"Some might say it's not a good draw but I don't agree with that. He is drawn to follow out Iron Hudge and I think he will get a good run from there. He's a million dollar earner already so he'll make it interesting if he gets the right run. It's a really even race and I think it's a strong Treuer. Sometimes it does drop away after the Miracle Mile but I think it's quite good this year."
Praise has been heaped upon Rixon and Divisive since Friday's victory in the Miracle Mile although the trainer/driver was quick to shift the spotlight onto the gelding.
"I am just really happy for the horse. He was a great juvenile, he was a great four year old and we just missed getting the Chariots Of Fire to top the season off. Last season he was hindered because of the equine influenza restrictions but it was a great effort for him to run second to Blacks A Fake in the Inter Dominion. He's done it every year and for him to win a major race on the Grand Circuit was fantastic for him."
After Saturday night's feature Rixon will travel south for the Victoria Cup at Moonee Valley and then plans to head west in search of further riches.
"I am pretty keen to go to Perth for their summer carnival. In the end it will come down to flights out of Melbourne but if everything can be arranged and the horse is one hundred percent then that's where we will go."
RASMUSSEN'S WEEK FROM HELL CONTINUES
Natalie Rasmussen must be wondering when the bad luck she is currently experiencing will end. Not only has she been forced to spell champion Blacks a A Fake after it was discovered the eight year old was suffering from torn muscles in his back but travelling companion, I Am Sam, will be forced out of Saturday night's Treuer Memorial at Bankstown and will return to Queensland early because of an infection in his hoof. Rasmussen was disappointed with the news about the pair but is happy that both will make a full recovery.
"I am going to take them both home on Thursday. I knew something had to be wrong with Blacks A Fake, he was gone a lap from home in the Miracle Mile so it's back home for some acupuncture and a break. I probably won't take him away from home again and I will have him ready for the Inter Dominion in March. I have spoken to the owners of I Am Sam and told them he is out of Saturday night's race because of a foot infection and so we will target the Hunter Cup with him."
Rasmussen was very impressed with the win of I Am Sam in the Bohemia Crystal Free For All at Harold Park on Friday and ruled out a start in the Victoria Cup later this month.
"We will patch him up and more than likely fly him to Melbourne in February. I'm just going to be too far behind to give him time off before the Victoria Cup."
One trainer's misfortune is another one's lucky break with Ebenezer trainer John Tapp ecstatic with the news his mare Misty Miller will now get a start in Saturday night's Treuer Memorial after she was made the first emergency on Sunday.
"It is good news for my stable and the owners of Misty Miller will be tickled pink. Commiserations to the connections of I Am Sam who was brilliant on Friday night and he had a realistic chance in the Treuer. "
Tapp will be instructing stable driver Greg Bennett to go forward at the start of the race after a strong performance in the Ladyship Mile two starts ago after Misty Miller led early before handing up to the eventual winner Deanna Troy.
"She's very fast away if you aim her up. She is a very laid back mare and if you want to make her come out of the gate you have to give her a good rev up in the preliminary so I'll make sure Greg Bennett does just that."
Misty Miller is rated as one of the outsiders in Saturday night's feature and Tapp is just happy to be gaining a start.
"It's a cracker field and she will really know she is in a race. I guess the game plan will be to cross the one and two but they are both pretty quick themselves. If she can, beaut, if she can't we will just enjoy the race. It's a privilege to be in it. "