New challenge for Dandy Toff at home
CLASS 3 HCP: Grafton trainer Andrew Parramore wants to see how his promising galloper Dandy Toff goes first up back from a spell over 1100m.
The three-year-old gelding has drawn the one alley for race 7, the Bonfire (gb) Class 3 Handicap 1100m at Grafton on Monday.
With a handy record of two wins and a second from four starts last year, including a win on this track over a similar distance, the trainer thinks his runner has a good chance.
"He has the ability and trialled the house down just recently, so he's been working well,” he said.
"He might find it a bit hard because he's more a 1400m to 1500m horse and he's up in class here, but he's got a good alley and the weight shouldn't be a problem for him.”
Enigmatic jockey Matthew Paget has established a rapport with the horse, guiding him to his two wins and a second last year.
"Matty's worked well with him and he seems to be able to get the best out him,” Parramore said.
Parramore was setting Dandy Toff for a run in the Country Championship until some injury and illness issues came up.
"I was looking for a run in the championship but he came down with a virus at the wrong time,” he said.
"He's come back really well from that and a leg problem and he's going as good as ever.”
It's wait and see time for Dandy Toff and his trainer now.
"We'll look at it one race at a time and work him through his grades,” he said.
"He's a big, athletic sort of a horse, so we'll see how he handles it.
"It might be we'll look at something in the July Carnival.”