Karloo Mick. Photo by Siobhan White.
Twelve year old veteran Karloo Mick will return to Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night with Dubbo trainer Barry Lew content to remain in New South Wales for the time being. This season’s Grand Circuit will begin in less than a fortnight when the Queensland Pacing Championships is run in Brisbane but Lew is keen to race in the Brian Hancock Cup in Sydney the following week.
“At this stage of his career I don’t really want to be racing him anymore than once a fortnight and if he runs at Menangle this weekend it would mean two runs in two weeks if I was to go to Queensland,” Lew said.
“I haven’t ruled out going north completely but it makes it very difficult because I have a big team to look after at home and it is very unfair on someone to be asked to come in and look after everything while Rhonda and I go away.”
Lew was extremely pleased with the way Karloo Mick pulled up from his first up run at Eugowra and is doing everything right in the lead up to this weekend.
“He got home after running that race at Eugowra, ate everything that came his way and has been working very strongly since, he had a good hit-out on Tuesday afternoon with a galloping pacemaker and that should top him off nicely for the weekend.”
“I put in a walking machine late last year and he spends an hour on the walker in the morning and another hour on it in the afternoon plus whatever he is scheduled to do for that day, I set it about seven kilometres an hour and he really enjoys the work.”
Karloo Mick has not raced at Menangle since finishing second behind Smoken Up in last year’s Miracle Mile.
“Robbie Morris said to me that he would like to win Brian Hancock’s race twice and it was actually Robbie’s first drive on the horse in a race when he won that race last year so that is the main target at this stage.”
“After that I will sit down and work out which way to go.”
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