Day At The Track

Formosa heading to Queensland

01:25 PM 13 May 2015 NZST
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Ultimate Art - Being aimed at the Queensland Winter Carnival
Ultimate Art
Hunter Valley trainer Michael Formosa will welcome back Inter Dominion finalist Ultimate Art this Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle.
The son of Modern Art will compete in the Gr.3 Spress Joe and Michael Ilsley Free For All over 2300 metres and Formosa confirmed the distance was a key factor in selecting the race.
“Thomas (Ultimate Art) is about 90 to 95% percent fit for this weekend and despite being first up I think the longer journey will suit him better than the mile, in that top grade they can go anywhere from 1:50 to 1:52 for the sprint trip,” said Formosa.
“Over the 2300 metres they normally back off at some stage and it will help him work into the race, he is a horse that can surprise me so a win is not out of the question but he normally takes one or two runs to hit top gear.”
Formosa is planning on giving Ultimate Art at least two runs in Sydney before heading to Queensland for the Winter Carnival.
“His main aim would be the 4 & 5 year old Championship and there is a race at Redcliffe called the Patrons Purse which is for four and five year olds as well.
“If he was going well enough then I would consider putting him in the Blacks A Fake but that will all depend on how he is going at the time.”
Ultimate Art has trialled on a couple of occasions without breaking the clock.
“He went 1:57 both times but there wasn’t a lot of depth to the trials so they were good for him without knocking him around too much.”
Formosa’s wife Kirsty has now recovered from a broken ankle caused by Ultimate Art on the day before the Inter Dominion.
“I was out at the sales and Kirsty was with Thomas at the Retention Barn at Menangle, something spooked him and being such a clumsy bugger he knocked her over and broke her ankle.
“Kirsty is still in love with him but I must admit it has been great since Kirsty had the plaster removed a couple of weeks ago because it has meant a lot less work for me around the house.”
While Formosa will be targeting the Queensland features with Ultimate Art he will also be chasing some big races closer to home.
“Milias Ideal is a two year old that won a heat of the Gold Tiara at Bathurst and she is being set for the Breeders Challenge series.
“My dad and some other long term clients bought her at the Ready To Run sale at Menangle last year for $14,000 and I think she has a bit of ability so I’m hoping she measures up to the good ones.”
- HRNSW Media
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