Liechtenstein chasing rich Randwick race
Liechtenstein is ready to rumble in the $250,000 Inglis Nursery at Randwick on Saturday.
But trainer Ron Quinton believes plenty of the Secret Savings gelding’s rivals in the 1000-metre race might not be so forward.
Eight of the 12 acceptors, including Liechtenstein, are unraced.
Quinton put the youngster through his paces in a barrier trial at Randwick which he won on December 4.
The champion jockey turned trainer said that while he doesn’t take too much notice of 740-metre trials, Liechtenstein did everything right on the day.
"They’re not the most reliable guides those trials but he showed he was a very well-educated horse," Quinton said.
"He jumped well, led and ran on well and has done well since.
"It’s a race where there’s not many two-year-olds who are ready to run but he’s certainly ready to go."
Quinton also nominated Liechtenstein for a $14,000 maiden at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
But with the prizemoney on offer at Randwick the choice was easy for the local trainer.
"They pay down to eighth and it’s a race you really have to have a go at if you have a horse ready to race," Quinton said.
Liechtenstein was passed in at the Inglis Classic sale and is raced by some old friends of Quinton’s who have enjoyed plenty of success with him in the past.
Liechtenstein is part-owned by breeder Ray Gall who also raced the Quinton-trained multiple Group winner Mamzelle Pedrille.
Mamzelle Pedrille won 11 of her 30 starts including the 1996 Group Three Vo Rogue Stakes and Group Two Theo Marks Quality.
"At the sales it was early in the year and things were a bit tough and people didn’t have any money, so nobody wanted him," Quinton said of Liechtenstein.
"They told Ray he was a nice horse and not to give him away."
Quinton said Liechtenstein would go to the paddock after Saturday regardless of the result.
"I’m never in a great hurry with them and this will be the first of mine to run," Quinton said.
"I’ve got about half a dozen two-year-olds this season. Unless they are really precocious types I don’t rush them."
Liechtenstein is a tall, strong type out of the Desert Sun mare Plenty Of Glamour.
"I’m not sure how tall he is, maybe 15.3 hands but I haven’t measured him, the only thing I like to measure is heart and he’s showing a bit of that," Quinton said.
Peter Wells, who rode Liechtenstein in the trial, will be aboard on Saturday.
"Peter helped me educate him, so he’s got the ride," Quinton said.
"He was happy with him in the trial and reckons he’s the best of my two-year-olds but I don’t. We’ll see who the better judge is on Saturday."
By Russell Jackson