Michael Hickmott says he’s not letting ‘the cart get before the horse’ when it comes to unbeaten galloper Pindaric.
But when the emerging Murray Bridge trainer talks about his lightly-raced four-year-old, he exudes a level of confidence that the best is yet to come.
Pindaric will make his return for Hickmott in Saturday’s Australian Meat Industry Council Benchmark 60 Handicap (1200m) at Murray Bridge.
And the classy son of Fastnet Rock will be looking to make it a hat-trick of wins after starting his career with a perfect record of two victories from as many starts.
“He has come back really good and I am really happy with him,” Hickmott said.
“He is a big raw horse and I expect he will continue to get better in time.
“I think you will see the best of him in the spring in better races as well.
“There are a lot of progressive type races for him between now and then and he is only lightly raced so we don’t want to get the cart before the horse at the moment.”
Pindaric was a commanding winner of both his starts in the spring at Balaklava and Morphettville before being sent for a spell after his last run on September 12.
Trainer Michael Hickmott at his property. Picture: Sarah ReedSource:News Corp Australia
In early markets Pindaric is rated a $2.70 favourite to continue his winning run on his return.
“We gave him an extended break after his last preparation and should run well,” Hickmott said.
“He is going to the races without a jump out or a trial so he is open to improvement but provided the track plays fairly, he should be able to get a good run closest to the fence.”
Hickmott’s in-form stable apprentice Jess Eaton will pilot Pindaric for the first time at the races and her 1.5kg claim will come in handy, bringing the gelding’s impost down to 60kg.
“Jess has been riding really good,” Hickmott said.
“She’s been our stable rider for a while now and is keen to stay on. We’ve got a great working relationship.”
Hickmott also accepted with Promoter for Saturday’s sprint but the wide draw of barrier 10 will likely see him wait for the following week’s Gawler meeting.
The stable is still set to have a strong hand across the afternoon with Don’tdreamit’sover (race one), Echoes In Eternity (race three), Tibetan (race 6), Lord Vladivostok (race 7) and That’s Justified (race nine) all running.
The opener at Murray Bridge jumps at 12.15pm on Saturday.
Originally published asUnbeaten talent headlines Hickmott assault
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