How many horses in Sunday’s Class 3 at Tamworth are genuine Kosciuszko chances?
Scone trainer Stephen Jones couldn’t be knocked if he said Warrah Flash was.
That’s because the five-year-old has already beaten Kosciuszko hopefuls Art Cadeau and Kattegat.
That was in a Highway Handicap at Rosehill last November and since then Art Cadeau has gone on to win the Country Championships and is one of the favoured runners for this year’s $1.3m Kosciuszko at Randwick.
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“He’s beaten them and I think he’s better this time in off a good spell,” Jones said.
“If he takes the next step we’ll be having a go at the Kosciuszko. There’s been worse horses than him aimed for the race.
“He’s on the way up and he’ll be going there at the right time. He will need to run in town soon if a ticket holder is to grab him.”
If he can win Sunday’s race he’ll be showcasing himself in Sydney and he comes into Sunday’s event off a third placing behind the promising Pleading at this track two weeks ago.
“He was very good last start,” Jones said.
“He didn’t get out of the gates that quick but he finished off enormous and he wasn’t far off having them.
“He enjoys those bigger tracks and if he raced at Scone the other day instead on Tamworth, he wins.
“He’s got to be a good chance. He stays at 1200m and even though 1400m might have been better for him I’ve kept him on the fresh side.”
Jones said punters should forget Warrah Flash’s two seventh placings in Brisbane eight months ago.
“He didn’t handle the heat up there so we pulled the pin quick and spelled him,” he said.