Progressive Halusa Stepping Up
Local trainer Ashley Grace is hoping his star performer Halusa can maintain his unbeaten track record at the KBRC in tomorrow’s Goldfields Toyota Cup.
The lightly raced six year old is yet to taste defeat at the KBRC winning all three starts at the track this year.
The galloper has set the track alight since resuming in June after cracking his pelvis in July 2015.
Grace, who races the galloper with his wife Serena and friends Mark and Mia Bowden, obtained the horse free of charge after previous connections of the horse did not want to proceed with the then injured horse.
“The previous owners from Mt Hallowell Stud rang Mark (Bowden) and said this horse has cracked its pelvis, you can have it for nothing if you want” Grace said.
“So Mark rang me and I said don’t take it, it’s not our problem, it’s their problem, don’t take it”
“So he took it” Grace laughs.
The horse was sold for $190,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
The son of Oratorio has treated his competition with contempt this preparation with the gelding’s smallest winning margin two and a half lengths.
Halusa’s most recent victory had the local industry touting him as a potential Hannans Handicap contender when winning by five and a half lengths with 60kg on his back.
“I wouldn’t like to say he’s a Hannans horse just yet, we still haven’t won in open company”
“He’s got a few boxes to tick yet, but we’ve seen that he’s a classy type”
Grace was forced to give Hasula five weeks between runs going into tomorrow as the galloper suffered a bruised heel at his last run, which was directly followed by a hoof abscess.
“I’m lucky I have a good farrier in Neville Sly to get him back up and about“
Progressive apprentice Mollie Clark has been aboard the powerful type for all three victories settling the galloper in front with a clear lead on each occasion.
Handicapped with 58kg, Clark’s two kilogram claim will mean that Halusa will carry 56kg tomorrow.
Halusa’s chances of obtaining the lead early on look to be enhanced by drawing barrier two for his assignment.
“We will look to lead again tomorrow, but if we were to be taken on we would be happy to take a sit“
Grace will proceed to the Kambalda Cup in a fortnight’s time if Halusa performs well tomorrow.