Ross Stitt believes weight is the only thing that can get in the way of He’s A Copy Boy and a win in Saturday’s 1600m Class Three Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick.
“He’s got a bit stronger than last time in; he’s thickened up and is about 445kg now, but he’s only about fifteen-two (hands), so he certainly isn’t the biggest horse,” Stitt laughed.
“He’s a great chance, but the weight will be the biggest concern as he’s got 58.5kg, but he’s a trier, and he always gives 110% and always tries to find the line.”
The four-year-old is a three-time winner, with the Press Statement gelding winning three-on-the-trot earlier this year, with wins at Taree over 1440m and 1614m split by a good victory at Grafton over 1710m.
He then raced in Open company, finishing third in the Wingham Cup to That’s Molly in June before finishing fourth in the Grafton Guineas in July.
Following a 16-week spell, He’s A Copy Boy took on a strong 1600m Benchmark 66 Handicap at Taree last month, and he found the line nicely, finishing third behind subsequent Newcastle winner, Believe So.
Despite being a $21 chance in an open Highway on Saturday, Stitt likes his gelding’s chances.
“It’s not the strongest race,” Stitt said.
“The top weight (Imatruestar) is coming down with us, and he is a Class Two horse that ran second on the Country Championships.
“I think it’s a pretty winnable race.”
Dylan Gibbons will take the ride, and Stitt suggested his gelding should get the run of the race from the good draw.
“Riders were going to be scarce, and I had Jason (Collett) on him last time and wanted him to get, but he wasn’t riding, but we did well to get Dylan (Gibbons),” Stitt said.
“He should be close to the fence and about midfield from the draw, and I think he will be getting home, but he might not be doing it as quick as if he had 54kg, but he’ll have his head down and be trying.”
On a busy weekend, Stitt will be looking for an early Christmas present at Taree on Sunday, with Luke Rolls to ride Gulf Of Guinea in the 1000m Maiden Handicap and See The Dean in the 1300m Maiden Plate.
On his home track, Stitt believes last-start placegetter Gulf Of Guinea will take some beating.
The former Victorian has started two times for his stable, finishing fourth in a 1000m Super Maiden at Taree last month before a good third in a Country Boosted 1000m Maiden at Tuncurry on December 11.
“It’s the first time he’s drawn a gate for us,” Stitt said.
“He drew barrier 14 when first-up in a Super Maiden, and the second time around, he drew 12 and still ran third.
“He’s got to be a bit of a hope on those runs.”