Heavy going no worries for Scott Collings-trained mudlark in Highway

Extravagant Lad winning at Gundagai.

The Scott Collings-trained Extravagant Lad will make the jump from maiden class to a 1200 Class Two TAB Highway Handicap at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

The Goulburn galloper is only lightly raced, boasting three starts for just the one win, although he was an impressive maiden winner at Gundagai last start when bolting in for a 1.71 length victory in the $40,000 Country Maiden Plate. 

Jay Ford jumps aboard the three-year-old that has drawn gate four, and Collings was confident his youngster was ready for the steep jump up in class.

“We certainly are confident,” Collings said. 

“It’s not easy in any TAB Highway and every time you go to Sydney for these races, they have a lot of good horses, but I wouldn’t be taking my horse down there if I didn’t think he was up to it.”

Collings was packing the snorkel and flippers for Extravagant Lad, with relentless rain meaning Rosehill Gardens would be graded as a heavy 10 at best. 

The Xtravagant gelding that is out of Shadowbrook Lass – a mare who didn’t mind some cut out of the ground – looks to favour the heavy conditions too, after winning his maiden on a heavy nine at Gundagai, and Collings said a wet Rosehill track wouldn’t be an issue.

“I think he will handle the Heavy 10,” Collings said. 

“He went well at Gundagai, and I don’t think it will be an issue.”

Extravagant Lad will run into some handy youngsters, including the unbeaten trio of Participator (Tim Donnelly), Testator Silens (Luke Clarke) and Limited Reality (Cameron Crockett), and while he knew it was a tough race, Collings had big wraps on his charge.

“He showed us at an early stage that he was up to being at least TAB Highway standard and leading into that race at Gundagai, we always had this race pencilled in if we won that race, and well, here we are.”

The TAB Highway Handicap is the second race on the 10-race Rosehill Gardens program and full fields can be viewed here