Young Canberra trainer Matthew Dale is approaching tomorrow’s $250,000 Inglis Classic at Rosehill Gardens with a good deal of enthusiasm.
He has the one-start one-win Not A Single Doubt gelding Meticulously engaged and he feels the horse is still untapped.
“We always knew he could run, so when we took him to the trials we were surprised he got beaten a long way (7.8 lengths), then realised he just didn’t like the heavy ground,” Dale told racingnetwork this morning.
“We took advantage of that when he went to Wagga because we knew he was pretty good and we had a good bet,” he added.
Meticulously was $4 into $2.05 and won at Wagga over 1000 metres by two and three-quarter lengths.
“Brendan Ward dropped his whip on the home turn that day so he wasn’t even touched with the whip at any stage,” Dale added this morning.
Tomorrow in the Inglis Classic Peter Robl will ride Meticulously from barrier 14, which is not ideal.
“I’ll just leave that up to Peter what he does from out there, but the horse does have good natural speed,” he said.
Dale was at the Inglis complex in Randwick expecting yearlings for this year’s Classic sale when racingnetwork spoke with him this morning.
“Hopefully we can get some money tomorrow to buy a few more like him.”
Meticulously cost Dale $30,000 at last year’s sale.