Day At The Track

Mark Jones to drive Caesar Augustus

07:59 PM 23 Aug 2013 NZST
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Caesar Augustus
Caesar Augustus resumes Saturday
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Richly talented pacer Caesar Augustus makes his return to racing at Albion Park tomorrow night (Saturday).

The widely travelled three-year-old is resuming for his new trainer Josh Moore after previously being prepared by Graham Seymour and briefly by leading Sydney conditioner John McCarthy.

Moore is no stranger to Caesar Augustus, having worked with the colt during his time as stable foreman for Seymour.

And the young horseman is excited by his opportunity to work with a quality pacer.

“It’s great to be given an opportunity like this and it’s fair to say he’s the stable star. Max (Caesar Augustus) is a very exciting horse and I’m expecting a forward showing first-up.” Moore said.

Caesar Augustus will start in the opening heat of the Seymour Group Invitation Drivers Championship, and will be handled by former world driving champion Mark Jones from New Zealand.

The Bettors Delight colt comes off two recent trials at Albion Park, the latest on Monday when he beat Compton Street in a time of 1;57.1 for the 1660m while finishing off in a final quarter of 27.6 seconds.

“The two trials have been pleasing; he needed the first trial because he was a bit big in condition but I was very happy with his effort on Monday and he’s come through that trial really well.

Originally, I was looking at one of those Seymour Rising Stars Championship series with him but being a three-year-old; he wasn’t eligible so this race looked a good option and I’m thrilled to have the services of Mark Jones. I wouldn’t say he’s 100% wound up but he’s quite forward so he should race really well.

He’s done a big job this season and covered plenty of territory, he went close in many of those big races he contested and it’s a shame he didn’t pick up one of those features because he deserves it.”

Caesar Augustus possesses an excellent record at Albion Park winning three of his four races to date, his sole defeat coming at the hands of brilliant pacer Majestic Mach in a heat of the Australian Pacing Gold.

In fact, Caesar Augustus has only been beaten twice in his home state of Queensland and both times it was Majestic Mach that lowered his colours.

“We’ll see a lot more of Max here at Albion Park in the coming months as I plan to target a few of these better races coming up with him.

He’s a lovely colt with great manners and it’s a pleasure to work with such a horse.”

by Chris Barsby

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