Gundagai trainer Andrew Sheahan will unleash recent trial winner Gypsy Dreamer at Albury today.
The two-year-old went around in a 1000m trial at Gundagai on July 4, winning well in heavy 10 conditions and pleasing his trainer.
“It was slow time but it was a heavy track,” Sheahan said.
“That little girl (Teighan Worsnop) didn’t move on our horse; I was impressed with the trial.”
The Dream Ahead gelding that is out of Madame Shinko looks a progressive type, and while he will definitely be better for the run, Sheahan said it was going well enough to win the 1175m Maiden Handicap.
“I think he will go well,” Sheahan said.
“He has pretty good manners and he is quite sensible, but we are limited with how many horses we can work him with.
“He has been to Wagga for a jump out and had the trial. He has sensible manners and if he gets out and runs straight, he’ll be fine.”
The only concern connections have ahead of his debut run is the predicted heavy track at Albury, and Sheahan explained he had no other choice at this time of year.
“Even though he trialled well on that heavy track, he looks like he is better on top of the ground,” Sheahan said.
“Unless we go to Canberra and put him on the Acton (surface), wherever we go, we will get a heavy track, so we are compelled to go.”
Sheahan will team up with in-form Tumbarumba jockey and four-kilogram claiming apprentice, Molly Bourke, who has been working closely with Sheahan and Gypsy Dreamer ahead of tomorrow’s race.
“Molly is a great kid, and if we go to Wagga, she will give us a hand with jump outs,” Sheahan said.
“She will do gallops here at Gundagai and she came over on Saturday and worked the horse, and they worked quite nicely.”
Leading into Gypsy Dreamer’s first start, it will be an exciting time for connections, with the young galloper bred locally.
“John Sheahan bought his mother in foal and Andy Ward actually bought the mare off John and he re-joined him (in the ownership),” Sheahan said.
“He looks a nice type and that’s what we are doing these days, we have weanlings and yearlings coming through and that is our little model now and we will continue to try and find a nice weanling or two.”
In an exciting time for the stable, Sheahan will unleash another nice two-year-old at Narrandera on Sunday in the form of Tuckerbox Hill.
The two-year-old filly is by Holler and is out of Uproot and Sheahan believes she will be ready to go first-up.
“We have another nice one in Tuckerbox Hill going around at Narrandera on Sunday,” Sheahan said.
“Once again, it will depend whether she handles the wet but she is a ready-made little race horse, whereas I think the gelding might be better later on.”
A few local trainers will travel to Albury on Tuesday, with Kerry Weir racing Magic Design, Deemed Corrupt and Caper Cluster, while Todd Smart is set to race Kelvedon Road, Mr Maharaj and Underthespotlight.