Veteran sprinter, Irish Songs, will get a second crack at ‘The Kosciuszko’ glory after getting a late call-up to replace Geoff Duryea’s injured speedster, Front Page.
The six-year-old finished eighth in the 2020 edition of The Kosciuszko, beaten only three lengths by It’s Me, and his trainer, Kurt Goldman, explained he was ready and raring to contest the $1.3 million race at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
“The horse is going great. I haven’t had to alter anything; it’s all systems go for tomorrow’s race,” Goldman said.
“He was in race one tomorrow and he had the perfect lead-up run last Wednesday when running third.
“He was always primed to be racing, regardless of what race he was in, and the only thing that changes for me is what time the truck leaves the farm.”
The winner of five races and almost $400,000 in prizemoney is no slouch either, boasting a TAB Highway win and victories in the Moruya and Wagga Town Plates.
This year alone, the Shamus Award gelding has been competing in Group and Listed races and can be considered one of the more experienced and accomplished gallopers in the field of 14.
Irish Songs will have to jump from the outside though, drawing Front Page’s gate 14 in the 1200m country-only event, but Goldman wasn’t too concerned.
“I much prefer that (barrier 14) than barrier 1, typically speaking, when it’s wet at Randwick, you don’t want to be near the fence,” Goldman said.
“I prefer him outside horses rather than inside horses and as long as the track is fair and even and as long as horses are making ground, he should be in for a chance.’
Many racing fans will be cheering on the Goulburn runner on Saturday too, with Goldman planning to give back some of his winnings to help mental health research.
The month of September was dubbed ‘Mullet Month’ by the Black Dog Institute and in supporting the cause Goldman has also put his hair behind it, vowing to sport his mullet until The Kosciuszko race.
“I’ve tried to raise money for mental health with the mullet and I will still donate some money to the cause from tomorrow’s prizemoney,” Goldman said.