The Flying K series kicks off at Tabcorp Park Menangle today and Bathurst trainer Peter Trevor-Jones admits he is unsure what to expect from his talented pacer Beetson. The son ofhas not raced since November but has been ticking along nicely at home and after missing the Inter City Pace series, Trevor-Jones decided to try something new and contest the Flying K.
"He was pulling a bit in his races so I thought it might be time to give him a little break and try and sort him out but as a result we missed the Inter City Pace at Maitland which is a bit of a shame because he raced so well in it last year behind Scandalman," Trevor-Jones said.
"I have never had a runner in the Flying K series but I watch most of the racing at home and while I am not too sure how he will handle it, I do like the concept that if you win the heat and final you effectively only lose one country penalty and have competed in a series worth $15,000."
Trevor-Jones would have trialled Beetson at Bathurst but due to racing commitments in the past fortnight he has been unable to do so.
"I wanted to trial him and they trial at Bathurst on Mondays but I have been at Goulburn and Parkes the past couple of Mondays racing so he will go into today's race nice and fresh."
"He's a strong stayer at his best and I'm not sure how the trip will suit him but I watched the series last year and there didn't seem to be a pattern where horses were leading all the way or where all the winners were coming from last. I think it is like most races, even though it is only 1000 metres it is tempo related."
Beetson is the only runner Trevor-Jones has in at the meeting on Tuesday.
"I don't mind making the trip to Sydney with just the one horse, you have to go where you think you will be competitive and the racing here in Bathurst has really strengthened with all of the ex-kiwis racing here now."
Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |