Schmidt warhorse ready for debut run
4YO+ MDN HCP: Dwayne Schmidt's latest warhorse miracle is set to unfold at Grafton today when late-maturing debutant Jack Of Spades starts from barrier nine in the Winning Edge Presentations 4yo+ Maiden Handicap (1100m).
Schmidt has a track record of finding unlikely winners in horses and the Raheeb gelding appears to be the next in line.
Bred by Clarence River Jockey Club board member Andrew Hayes in Grafton, the sizeable horse has taken a bit of time to mature but owner Michael Beattie said he will be ready for the run in today's maiden.
"Dwayne picked the race out weeks ago because it was a 4yo and up and it means he doesn't have to give weight to the younger horses,” Beattie said, after the horse was saddled with the topweight 59kg.
"He is just a big late- maturing galloper. Andrew spent the time and money to breed him but after he ran last in a trial he offloaded him to give more focus on the next crop of horses.
"Dwayne has had a bit of luck lately, as have I, so let's hope it continues (today).”