Scriven the man for the job

Coffs Harbour trainer Gordon Yorke is banking on Shane Scriven’s horsemanship to overcome two major obstacles which threaten a successful comeback for One Lickety Split at Doomben.
One Lickety Split returns in Saturday’s Aspley Leagues Club Handicap (1110m) after undergoing knee surgery after finishing last in a field of six to Phenomenal Lass at Rosehill last October.

Yorke had plans to campaign One Lickety Split in Melbourne last spring before the setback.


“I was looking at taking him to Melbourne last year for the spring but he got flattened by another runner on the home turn and fractured his knee at Rosehill,” Yorke said.

“He had a bone chip removed from his off-front knee but he’s coming along well.”

Yorke was disappointed One Lickety Split drew barrier 10 of 11 which makes his first-up task harder under his topweight of 58 kilograms.

“The weight was bad enough but now he’s got the visitor’s draw it’s a lot harder for him,” Yorke said.

“It’ll take a super effort for him to win but he’s trialled well and is fit enough.

“The distance may be a little short but he’ll be hitting the line strongly and if he happened to win I’ll talk to his owner about giving him a short break so he can go to Melbourne.”

Yorke believes Scriven is the right man for the job to overcome One Lickety Split’s weight and barrier disadvantages.

“I think Shane is the best rider to have in these circumstances,” he said.

“He’s not a jockey, he’s a horseman and horsemanship is the key.

“I’ve watched Shane find lengths on other horses and for some reason horses find something extra for him.”

Yorke had a big opinion of One Lickety Split before he underwent knee surgery.

“He won his first three starts at Grafton and in Brisbane and I thought he was a Group One horse, that’s why I aimed him for the TJ Smith last year,” he said.

“But he went off as a late two-year-old when he struck heavy tracks.”

One Lickety Split flopped badly on a heavy track to finish with the tailenders in the Group One TJ Smith (1600m) won by Linky Dink at Eagle Farm in 2009.

Former Melbourne sprinter Carlton Forward is an interesting runner lining up against One Lickety Split for new trainer Trevor Bailey.

Carlton Forward’s only win was for former trainer Peter Moody when he scored at his second start at Flemington in December 2008.

The son of Charge Forward then came north for the Magic Millions Classic but after finishing second in the Listed Tommy Smith Slipper at Doomben he only managed fifth to Phelan Ready in last year’s Gold Coast feature.

Carlton Forward had his last run for Moody when seventh to Briefed at Flemington on April 10.