Begg puts his hand up at Rosehill
Handsupfordetroit showed Grahame Begg enough in defeat last start to suggest he is black-type material and the trainer is expecting his quality to shine through at Rosehill on Saturday.
The three-year-old was blocked for a run at Randwick on Boxing Day and stormed home late to get within a neck of Opposite Poles in the Dear John Handicap (1200m).
Two-kilogram claiming apprentice Daniel Ganderton takes over on Handsupfordetroit from Danny Nikolic in the one metropolitan win handicap (1200m) at Rosehill.
"He’s in his right grade on Saturday and I’m expecting him to go very well and if he does measure up then we can start looking at some big races for him," Begg said.
"I’m not sure exactly where he will go just yet, we just want to concentrate on this one firstly and go from there.
"He’s a bit of a lazy horse at trackwork, so he’s very hard to get a line on but he reconfirmed my opinion of him with that run the other day and we could go for some black-type soon."
The Tobougg gelding, who will be having his third start on the weekend, scored a narrow victory over Percussive on debut at Canterbury on a heavy track in late July.
"We had some minor concerns with him going into that last race," Begg said.
"He won in the middle of winter on a heavy (nine) track and we weren’t sure if he was just a wet tracker because the form from the race hasn’t really stacked up that great.
"Percussive and El Cairo have both won maidens at the provincials but his run the other day showed plenty of promise and that he’s heading in the right direction."
Consistent stablemate Hotel Casino resumes in a 1200-metre welter after a couple of trials in December.
The Magic Albert gelding has won five of his 20 starts and been placed six times.
"His second-up record is better than his first-up, so I’d expect him to run a nice race but one that he will take plenty of improvement from it," Begg said.
"We’ve got Jamie Quinnell on board and his three kilo claim will certainly help Hotel Casino."
By Russell Jackson