Steven Reid is currently enjoying a holiday in Hawaii, but the weather isn’t the only think heating up this week for Reid. So is his stable back home, meaning his training partner Simon McMullen has a busy week ahead.
“We have runners at Cambridge, Alexandra Park, and Addington, so it’s all on,” said McMullen
“Stable employee Michael Blakemore headed south with Easy On The Eye and Franco Nikau this morning.
”They arrived in at 6am and are being stabled at Spreydon Lodge,” he added.
McMullen said he was stoked with Easy On The Eye’s Spring Cup win. But admits it is hard to see him beating either of the big two, Christen Me and Terror To Love, in Friday’s Canterbury Classic.
“We were pleasantly surprised with his Spring Cup win as we thought he would be a run short, so either he was more forward than we thought or he has really stepped up this time in. Hopefully it is the latter,” he laughed.
McMullen said that in his opinion Easy On The Eye is the third best horse in Friday’s $40,000 feature, and believes that’s where he should be in the betting order.
“In saying that, they are all good horses and a lot of them have beaten him before. But I do think he is a better horse now than he was then,” he added.
McMullen and Reid also have talented four-year-old Franco Nikau engaged at Addington, and he looks more of a realistic winning chance.
“Steven and I both have a very big opinion of him, and think he will eventually work his way through to open class.
“He is down there to qualify for the $40,000 Show Day Futurity,” said McMullen. “There is also a $21,000 race for him next week,” he added.
McMullen has no qualms about Franco Nikau going right-hand, and even went as far to say he will be better. But he does think the son of Lis Mara will improve on anything he does on Friday.
“He still has a bit of strengthening up to do. I think he will be an even better horse in 12 months time.
Meanwhile, McMullen will be on-course at Alexandra Park on Friday, where he has Charge Forward and Kiwi Ideal engaged in the feature 5-7 win pace
“We are rapt with how Charge Forward has come back, but he was a bit average at the recent workouts, so that is a slight concern. Still, from the front mark he looks a good each-way chance.
As does Kiwi Ideal, who McMullen thinks will have benefited greatly of his fresh-up run.
“He missed a workout before that race, so he should strip a much better horse this week.”
When asked what he rated as best overall chance of the week, McMullen said he was very bullish about the chances of maiden trotter Jogo Bonito, who goes around in the fifth race at Alexandra Park.
“He seems to be getting better every start. I expect him to be very hard to beat.”
By Mitchell Robertson