Propheteer aims to go back to back
COFFS Harbour trainer Paul Smith describes Propheteer, engaged at Grafton today, as a “funny horse”.
Funny as in ha ha?
“No, funny as having a few tricks up his sleeve,” Smith retorted.
Since arriving at Smith’s stables from Queensland however, the young Coffs trainer has managed three wins with the five-year-old gelding in just seven starts.
Today Propheteer chases back to back wins in the Mark Bloomer Transport Benchmark 55 Handicap (1100m).
The gelding will be ridden by Wayne Wheatley and carries 59.5kg.
Most trainers would give next week’s wages to draw the inside barrier but not Smith.
“I had him in at Gosford last week and he drew barrier one. I didn’t want to go all the way down there with that barrier,” Smith said.
Alas, Propheteer has drawn the rails again tomorrow.
“He’s a horse that doesn’t like racing inside other horses,” Smith conceded. “And he doesn’t like being in the barriers too long.
“The inside horse is normally loaded early.
“I’ll just have to hope he doesn’t react.”
Propheteer will carry blinkers and a tongue tie.
“He won with that gear at Coffs Harbour (April 20) last start and beat Tha‘ Hab which has since won,” Smith said. “But he’s won with blinkers and won without them.
“The former trainer tried a lot of gear with him and I think they just got frustrated.
“He’s a horse with ability that’s for sure but can sometimes be his own worst enemy.
“They thought he was good enough to win say a midweek Brisbane event, so do I, it’s a matter of finding the right race and up there (Brisbane) at the moment the races don’t suit him.”
Propheteer is owned by a syndicate headed by Darren McEwan.
“If Propheteer can win the boys are talking about buying another young horse,” Smith said. “That’s the deal.
“I’ve been very happy with what’s he’s done but give me 1200 metres and barrier five or six and I’d be more confident.
“If he gets out of the barriers and can get clear running he’ll be hard to beat.”