Trainer wants more from Don Caballo
CONSISTENCY at the top of the leader board is the goal in any sport. With top four finishes in his first five races, including a win, it's fair to say Don Caballo has gotten off to a strong start in his racing career since his debut at the 2015 July Racing Carnival on Westlawn Day.
Trainer Daniel Want said he was happy to see some strong races from the three-year-old gelding.
"He always runs a pretty good race. His average is always right on the money," he said.
Don Caballo will race at Grafton today in race six, the Kung Hei Fat Choy Class 1 Handicap.
While Want is pleased with the inside barrier draw, Don Caballo will still have his work cut out for him.
"He is in a good alley so will run a pretty good race," Want said.
"The only problem is the distance. This is the second time up to a 1400m, that's the only problem. "But we're confident for a good result and a strong showing."
Local jockey Matthew Bennett will again take the reins. He has steered Don Caballo in his past five races.
The top four finishes have been pleasing for Want, but hopes to see some of those good performances converted to wins.
"(Don Caballo) will win one and get a few more good results shortly," he said.
"If he just keeps on running good races, it'll keep the owners happy."
Seven members of the Richardson family own Don Caballo, and have grown quite attached to the three-year-old brown gelding after owning the mother and breeding him.
"They've been very attached to him right from the start," Want said.
"They love him more than anything, the whole family does. I think they love him like he's part of the family.
"It's good to see that kind of connection, it's a special thing for them."
Want also has Flying Envy in race one, the Happy Chinese New Year Maiden Plate. Despite drawing a wide barrier, Want thinks the three-year-old bay filly is in with a chance.
"If she drew inside barrier five she would have been a better chance, but there still is a race to run," Want said.
Want has recently retired seven-year-old mare Sweet Vamp, who had a career of seven wins from 50 starts.
"We will find her a good home somewhere," Want said. "She could've kept racing but had a little niggle, so instead of pushing on we did the right thing and gave her an early retirement."
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