Goose is Primed by Julio Santarelli
Trainer Justine Erkelens believes Goose is primed and ready to stamp his authority on the CPC Engineering Kambalda Handicap (2200m) in Kalgoorlie.
The son of Blackfriars outlined his staying potential when he amassed three wins and two seconds from his final five starts last season.
Goose has yet to strike the same vein of form in three return runs at Belmont Park but Erkelens is unfazed by his preparation.
The six-year-old raced wide throughout when sixth to Coolgardie Cup winner Amelias Dancer and filled the same placing against The Corporation over 1600m.
Last Saturday ,when stepping up to a more suitable 2200m, Goose led but faded to finish unplaced behind the dead-heating Starlight Lady and Malaika.
“His first two runs were fitness runs and pilot error cost him a week ago,” said Erkelens.
“Russell (Hanson) probably held him up for too long and he couldn’t sprint when the pressure went on.
“He is the type of horse that needs momentum and is better suited to freewheeling out in front.
“That’s where he will be on Sunday and I expect him to be winning.”
Erkelens anticipates Rock City to continue his sparkling form and was buoyed when the State City gelding drew favourably in four for the Barstow Mining Handicap (1300m).
Major rival and impressive last-start winner Keg Mouse from the Dan Morton team will have to negotiate the widest gate in 13.
Rock City, in the money from three starts this preparation, ran on strongly to score a fighting win over Simon Miller’s Titan Knight at Northam on September 2.
“He is a tough horse whose on pace pattern will suit Kalgoorlie,” said Erkelens.
“I’m really happy with the draw which will be a big advantage.”
Magna Cat pressed her claims for the Coolgardie Shire Maiden (1600m) after a determined performance at Northam last month when seventh to Spirytus.
The One Cool Cat mare was parked off the track for the majority of the 1400m and under the circumstances did well to fight the race right out.
“She should go okay and the step up to the mile will suit,” said Erkelens.
Apprentice jockey Gemma Rielly takes her first Kalgoorlie ride on recent Belmont Park winner Naku Penda in the $30,000 BIS Industries Kambalda Cup (1400m).
Reilly, indentured to Aquanita trainer Simon Miller, saluted with her first ride when she booted home Whiskey Prince at Northam on August 23.
Reilly and Naku Penda will commence from barrier 11 in the field of 13.
“He is a little ripper this horse and is racing well,” said Erkelens.
“If Gemma can work across and be closer to the front he can figure in the finish.”