Sir Budget favourite for Audley Shaw Trophy
Speedy five-year-old Sir Budget is not only a 'rake' but also has the handicaps and draw in his favour against eight rivals in Saturday's, hear this, Audley Shaw Trophy race, an open allowance at 1000m straight. Got it?
No doubt preparing his Budget presentation, Finance Minister Shaw could present the feature-race trophy to Michael Beecham's Sir Budget, who comes in at 49.0 kilos, running 18 pounds lighter than his main threats.
Carrying the same weight last time out, the chestnut horse led Campesino into the lane two weeks ago when the Philip Feanny grade-one runner clocked a stakes record 1:17.3 for 1300 metres.
Sir Budget actually appeared as if he was out for an exercise spin, leisurely carrying the field into the lane, not asked to do much when C Campesino attacked, off the turn. However, he was still second a furlong out before Brawn forced through along the rail to relegate him to third.
Considering the five-furlong split of that race was 58.2 and the six-furlong 1:10.3, Sir Budget appears a cinch at the handicaps at 1000 metres straight.
He scored his last victory at 1000 metres straight on December 18, easily beating Gary Glitter by two-and-three-quarter lengths and Dreamliner, who finished down the track after attempting to keep pace.
Drawn at post-position four on Saturday, should be none the worse in a nine-horse field. First, the starting gate will be taken from off the rail, effectively moving stall four to mid-track. Second, the horses who matter and are drawn on his outside, Crucial Appeal and Gary Glitter, both have 57.0 kilos and will be hard pressed to give away 18 pounds and beat the in-form speedster.
Crucial Appeal is really the class horse with the ability to defy the handicaps. Though he has looked sharp at exercise, the seven-year-old hasn't raced in three months and will have to be close to his best to upstage his race-fit rivals.