The Scone galloper was ultra-impressive first up, winning by 2.54 lengths in a showcase two-year-old handicap at Gunnedah and Crockett believes this event is the right kind of race to make it two on the trot.
“After his first trial at Scone, I was going to take him to Sydney and trial him up because I know there are people looking for horses to buy,” Crockett said.
“I didn’t, so we went to Gunnedah, and we had expected him to go well, but I wasn’t expecting him to win quite as well as he did.
“At Dubbo on Friday, all things being equal, it is going to be hard for them to beat him.”
Crockett believed it would be wrong to call Limited Reality a progressive horse and simply believed he was a ready made two-year-old.
“I wouldn’t say he has come on from his last run, but he is just a good two-year-old,” Crocket said.
“He was going extremely well before his first run, and he would be going into this race just as well, and with it being second up, over 1100m and on the wet track, it’s all positives for him.”
Off the track and during work, Limited Reality can live up to his juvenile age, but the minute things start getting serious, Crockett explained that his youngster switches on.
“He’s a mug, he is a deadest larrikin,” Crockett laughed.
“He will be leaping in the air and playing around but the minute he hits the barriers, or if he knows he is galloping, he is a completely different horse.”
The Scone trainer said he did nothing different with the Unencumbered gelding during his preparations, suggesting that some two-year-olds were made to race in their earlier years.
“He went through like everything else,” Crockett said.
“You might put 10 through their paces, and you might get one that can gallop as a two-year-old.
“I was at the Classic Sale with Les Bridge about 5 years ago, and we were talking about two-year-olds, and one thing he said which has stuck with me was that ‘you can’t make a two-year-old, they are born that way’, and that is definitely the case with this fella.”
While Crocket is pleased to own a majority share in Limited Reality, he joked that he couldn’t give him away after buying him on a whim.
“I went up to the National Yearling sale at the Magic Millions; I’ve had a lot of success at the sale so far, and I bought him and two others,” Crockett said.
“They can all gallop, but he is the only one that has got to the races and of the three, he was only $20,000.
“I only saw him in the ring, and didn’t see him before the sale, after the sale and didn’t see him until eight weeks later when he got back from the breakers.
“I just liked his style and took a punt on him.”
Crocket was quickly rewarded for his purchase, with the youngster showing promise.
“I sent him to Luke Morgan and got him broken in and Luke said he was very smart and very sharp,” Crockett said.
“Still, I could not offload this horse, couldn’t give him away, but in the end, it’s turned out good.”
Aaron Bullock jumps on Limited Reality, after guiding him to a trial win at Scone, before Sam Clenton rode him to victory at Gunnedah, and the in-form country hoop had an opinion of him and made plans to come back from holidays early just to ride him at Dubbo.
“Aaron rode him in the trial, and although they went slow, he was happy with how he went and he told me if it was him, he would be trying to find a race, and that is why we went to Gunnedah,” Crockett said.
“He was on holidays, and he came back a bit earlier just so he could ride him at Dubbo.”
While Limited Reality is odds on favourite with bookies across the board, Southern Cross Bet is offering punters a chance to snap up $2 (max bet of $50) for a short time this evening, with an early market open between 6-8pm.
The 1100m fixture jumps at 12.54pm and is just one race on a strong eight-race-program at Dubbo Turf Club.