The performance of He’s Like The Wind tonight will determine the promising trotter’s immediate future.
After mixtures of brilliance and frustration have littered the gelding’s campaign, Gavin is wondering if a lengthy spell in a big paddock somewhere might be the next best move for the Great Success gelding.
So, this week it will be all laid out on the table and if it goes pear-shaped then it’s holiday time and if it goes right, well Gavin’s not quite sure what will come next.
“We are going to try and few things this week, I’m not sure if it will work or not,” Gavin said.
“We’ve had a couple of wee niggles with him, so we will put it all out there and see what happens.
“It wasn’t completely his fault last time, we got a flat tyre and had to change carts and the gaiting strap slipped which didn’t help.
“In saying that he still probably should have gone better than that.”
Drawn barrier two from behind the mobile, things should pan out well for He’s Like The Wind, especially with what appears to be his toughest opposition, Matatoki, drawn on the second line.
“He’s good enough to win, I’ve got no doubt about that.
“I think a good long spell, like what we did for Great Things Happen, would be a good thing for him right now.
“If we can chuck him out and forget about him for say six months he should come back a better horse.
“He’s won $50,000 this season so he’s done a pretty good job.
“And he’d come back a C1 as well.”
Also in action tonight is the promising Imola who returns from a spell.
The Jereme’s Jet colt hasn’t raced since finishing 7th behind Classie Brigade back in February but is progressing along nicely at trials and workouts.
Drawn the outside of the front line against a strong line up isn’t ideal though and Gavin won’t be asking the colt to do anything ridiculous fresh up.
“We are in a bit of trouble from out there over 1950 metres.
“So we are probably going to have to go back and hope for the best. His work has been good and I think he will develop into a nice horse in time.
“I always thought he’d make the grade but he probably needs to step up a bit this time.”
The stable’s only other hope for the night is Oona who takes on NZ Trotting Oaks winner, Wilma’s Mate in a heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown.
They are the only two horses in the heat so running in the top two shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
“Kim Butt has done all the work with her while we have been away and she said only a bad drive will stop her from finishing either first or second.”
Gavin and Sara returned from a family holiday in Rarotonga during the early stages of the week and Gavin said the staff had done a great job of keeping the stable ticking over in his absence.
Also returning to the stable this week was Di’z Luck.
The filly, who is in line for Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year at next month’s annual Awards will head to a Breeders Crown heat herself next week with a trip to Australia for the rich series a serious possibility if she was able to win.