Binskin bemoans bad barriers

11:32 AM 04 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Darren Binskin

When the barrier draw for Saturday night's Treuer Memorial at Bankstown was being conducted, trainer Darren Binskin asked his partner Kirsten Lamb and her daughter Grace to select the gates for his two runners, Gaius Caesar and Glengowan in the Gr. 1. After Gaius Caesar drew barrier nine and Glengowan eleven, Binskin could be excused for rueing the decision.

"Kirsten was pretty disappointed with drawing barrier eleven for Glengowan but Gracey was pretty happy with gate nine for Gaius Caesar, although I'm not so sure I agree with her," Binskin joked.

"It's a Gr. 1 event and normally there is plenty of moves anyway but in all seriousness Gaius Caesar doesn't have great speed and the draw isn't too bad for him while Glengowan has been specifically trained for the Treuer Memorial, so I'm expecting him to peak this Saturday night."

Binskin has confirmed he will be driving Gaius Caesar this Saturday night and he will be forced to look for a driver for Glengowan.

"Yeah I will drive Gaius Caesar, his run on Saturday night was very good, he didn't get a clear run, wanted to get rough at a crucial stage and looking at all of those factors with a clear shot at them, I don't know if he wins but he would have definitely gone close I have no doubt."

"I will have to think about who drives Glengowan, I was considering Mat Rue but I'm unsure if he will be required to drive Baby Bling for the McCarthy stable, I will just wait and see."

Glengowan finished third in last year's Treuer Memorial and had a few excuses for his defeat.

"Glengowan's run last year was very good and everything he has done this time in has been aimed at this race."

"My horses don't dominate in this class but they are very competitive and with the right run I think they can be right in the finish, Washakie is the one to beat after the draw and he is going for five wins in the race which is a tremendous feat in itself."

Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |



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