Thompson hopeful at Winton
Schmeckenbecher's good form should continue in today's $15,000 Winton Cup.
The 7-year-old gelding has been slow maturing, but his early season form indicates he could be in for a profitable campaign. Ascot Park horseman Kelly Thompson has raced Schmeckenbecher four times this term for a win and three thirds. He ran a gallant third in heavy ground in the Wyndham Cup on October 26 at his last start.
''He's a lot better on a good track,'' Thompson said yesterday.
''I'm quite happy with him.''
Thompson expects Schockemohle to be prominent in the PGG Wrightson AON Insurance Brokers Handicap today, while another member of the team, I'm Vital, has appeal for Travellers Rest Tavern Handicap.
Wingatui trainer Steven Prince is not concerned about racing Recording out of his class in the Winton Cup.
''He's a fair horse,'' Prince said.
''He's suited to the mile and he's worked real good since (winning at) Dunedin.''
Recording maintained a dour run to win a rating 65 benchmark 1400m at Wingatui on November 6.
Prince has three horses - Recording, Lemon Honey and Pinot Express - in the same grade. Lemon Honey and Pinot Express are lining up in the PGG Wrightson AON Insurance Brokers Handicap today.
Pinot Express is an improver because she resumed with a second at Wingatui and blew after the race. Consistent mare Lemon Honey will also have support for the final event.
A wide draw is against Infallible in the Winton Cup, says Ascot Park Park trainer Gay Robinson.
However, she is pleased with his condition.
''His work's been fantastic,'' she said.