Grljusich hoping Grand Reward can get the job done
Veteran Goldfields trainer George Grljusich is gearing up for one of his biggest days in his training career to date.
Grljusich will prepare Coolgardie Cup runner-up Grand Reward in the Statewest Group Boulder Cup on Sunday.
The horse has been a revelation on the Goldfields this year, winning four races and placing twice from six starts at the KBRC since arriving in the Grljusich yard.
Grljusich, who is having a career best year at the KBRC, is happy with how the son of Towkay has progressed since his impressive performance in the Coolgardie Cup but cautions there is still a question mark as to whether he will run the 2100m out.
“We are really happy with him, his run in the Cup was beyond our expectations as we didn’t know whether he could stay or not” Grljusich said.
“We still don’t know if he will stay as he steps up this weekend to a longer distance”
Grljusich has secured the services of the state’s leading jockey in William Pike for his charge on Sunday, with regular rider Clint Johnston-Porter receiving a suspension and ruling him out on Sunday.
“Immediately after the race I rang up his (Pike’s) agent and told him to have a look at the run hoping I could get him”
“His agent said Pikey’s already rang me up and told me to look at the run so that’s how it came about”
The six year old has drawn barrier five for his assignment Sunday, with Grljusich hoping his galloper can settle behind the leaders.
“Drawing gate five you’d like to be sitting fourth or fifth, out one out one back”
Grljusich obtained the horse from connections in Perth, with Grljusich saying there is a case to be made for the horse to stay a journey.
“You never know your luck, on the dam’s side he’s bred to stay”
“On the sire’s side – Towkay, not so much when it comes to staying”
Grljusich, with the owner’s consent will proceed to the XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup given Grand Reward runs a good race this weekend.
“It’s up to the owners, you don’t get too many opportunities to target these races”
When asked what it would be like to win a Boulder Cup, the long-time Goldfields resident muses it would be a big accomplishment.
“My wife’s a Boulder girl, that’s enough said”