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Grljusich looking for three in a row with Master Winks

Veteran Goldfields trainer George Grljusich is confident that Master Winks can continue on his winning way in the Because We Can Relay For Life Team Handicap this Sunday.

The four year old was leased on a long-term basis by a host of local owners who since acquiring the galloper have enjoyed two victories and a minor placing from three attempts at the KBRC.

Grjlusich says his owners were given the opportunity to lease the horse, but they were warned by Perth auctioneer and part-owner Grant Burns that the horse was born with a crooked nearside front leg.

“From the knee down, it’s not nice to look at” Grjlusich says.

Master Winks’ former trainer David Harrison ensured Grljusich that the leg will not worry him in his racing.

“It always stuck in my mind, Bart Cummings said that if a horse is born with it (an issue) they will find a way to overcome it by adjusting and compensating against it”

“Keeping the leg in mind, I give him more pace work as opposed to trotting as the leg seems to affect his trot”

Master Winks produced a season highlight last start when settling midfield over the 1100m and subsequently annihilating his opposition defeating his nearest rival by five lengths.

Grljusich elected to give the galloper four weeks between runs and freshen him up for his assignment tomorrow.

“The way he’s been performing over the 1100m I didn’t want to step him up yet”

“I could have buttered him up over 1200m after his last victory the week after but I didn’t want to because of his leg”

Clint Johnston-Porter has been engaged once again to pilot the son of Oratorio who drops a kilogram since his last run with the step up in grade.

Grljusich believes the race is ready-made for him and will allow Johnson-Porter to ride him how he sees fit.

“From barrier six it looks ideal, Clint rode him well last start and can ride him as he thinks best”

Grljusich also has Grand Reward engaged tomorrow in the Explosives Manufacturing Services Handicap over 1200m.

The new acquisition is well performed over the 1200m but Grljusich concedes he does not know what to expect tomorrow.

“I don’t know what he will do on Sunday, if he gets back in the race like his previous runs he will find it difficult with the current rail position”