Trainer Kim Waugh’s meticulous race planning can result in a rich reward when Trumbull contests the $1 million The TAB Hunter (1300m) at Newcastle.
Trumbull, brilliant winner of the Sydney Stakes when resuming, goes into The Hunter second-up with a month between runs — all part of Waugh’s considered programming.
Waugh said she has set Trumbull for the Sydney Stakes and The Hunter this spring and reasoned her sprinter would be at his best without a race in between.
“This has been my plan, to set him for the two races,’’ Waugh said.
“His runs don’t have to be spaced but we just thought we would go this way with him.
“I made my mind up this is what I wanted to do and so far everything has gone to plan.’’
Trumbull produced a career-best effort to hold off Standout and Signore Fox to score a first-up win in the Sydney Stakes on Everest Day.
Tommy Berry and Trumbull salute at Rosehill Gardens in June.Source:Getty Images
Waugh has since finetuned Trumbull’s preparation for The Hunter by giving the sprinter a 1000m barrier trial hit-out at Gosford last week where he was given a solid test by race jockey Tommy Berry to comfortably defeat his eight rivals.
“I said to Tommy before the trial the horse looks great, he’s eating really well so let him have a nice gallop and finish it off,’’ the trainer said.
Trumbull, a winner of seven races (and eight placings) from 20 starts, can take his career earnings for over $1.1 million if he can take out The Hunter.
The talented sprinter was named by part-owners Francis and Christine Cook after the famous American artist of the early independence period John Trumbull, notable for his historical paintings of the American Revolutionary War, according to Wikipedia.
In early TAB Fixed Odds betting, Trumbull is the $4.60 favourite to beat a classy field in The Hunter despite drawing awkwardly in barrier 13.
Trainer Kim Waugh says Trumbull is in top condition for the Newcastle feature.Source:Getty Images
He will come in two starting positions if the emergencies are scratched.
Waugh has worked hard with Trumbull to improve the sprinter’s starts in races after slow getaways cost the gelding repeatedly earlier in his career.
“Trumbull wasn’t doing anything wrong in the barriers, he was just too relaxed,’’ the trainer said.
“But he has had some really positive jump outs at his the last few starts so hopefully it stays that way.
“He has been a great horse to us, we have had so much fun with him and there’s a great group of owners in the horse.
“It hasn’t always been smooth sailing as we had those issues with him at the barriers but all the owners took that on the chin really well which is testament to them.’’
Waugh has been so focused on The Hunter she hasn’t given a lot of thought to what is next for Trumbull after the Newcastle race.
“We will decide after Saturday which way we go with him,’’ she said. “We just wanted to concentrate on having him right for The Hunter.’’
Regular jockey Tommy Berry will partner Trumbull in The Hunter.Source:Getty Images
Waugh has two starters at the Newcastle meeting with promising mare Great News lining up in the Benchmark 78 Fillies and Mares Handicap (1400m). She is on the fourth line of betting at $8 behind Strawb at $3.90.
Great News hasn’t missed a place in six starts, notching three wins. She should have been going to Newcastle on a four-race winning streak after a luckless second to Crosscheck at Randwick last start.
“She had no luck the other day,’’ Waugh said.
“Tommy (Berry) rode the winner and we were talking next day at the trials and he said you should have won the race.
“Great News was only a light, immature filly so we gave her plenty of time. This mare and Trumbull are still lightly raced and I think both have a lot of upside.’’
Sky Racing News Update: November 10th 2020
Sky Racing News Update: November 10th 2020.
Originally published asWaugh’s patience keeps Trumbull right in the hunt
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