Mr Feelgood beats Blacks A Fake again
October 17, 2010
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The 2006 Little Brown Jug winner Mr Feelgood’s push to claim the title as Down Under’s best pacer is gathering momentum. He beat four-time Inter Dominion champion Blacks A Fake for the second successive time in last Saturday night’s Be Good Johnny Sprint (1,660 meters) at Brisbane’s Albion Park.
Mr Feelgood led throughout and clocked a blistering 1:52 9/10ths mile rate, just 0.8 seconds off his own track record.
Mr Feelgood’s reward for the win was a week’s rest instead of starting in Friday night’s $A75,000 Group 2 Gold Coast Cup.
“He’s racing well with a fortnight between his races, so I’ll give him this week off to focus on the big one,” trainer-driver Luke McCarthy said.
The big one is Saturday week’s $A200,000 Group 1 Queensland Championship, the first leg of Down Under’s Grand Circuit for open-class pacers.
McCarthy is not getting carried away with two consecutive wins over Blacks A Fake, the long-time benchmark of Down Under pacing.
“Let’s look seriously at it. I’ve beaten him in two sprint races, which really suit my horse, and I’ve been able to lead both times,” he said.
“Blacks A Fake was amazing last weekend. I think he’s racing at least as good as ever, maybe better. If he was at his peak as a 6 or 7-year-old, he was going 1:54 miles. Now he’s a 10-year-old and he’s sitting parked and running 1:52s. We all know what a great stayer (distance horse) he is, so Mr Feelgood will have to go to another level to win again over the 2600m in the Queensland Championship.”
Blacks A Fake’s fighting second thrilled trainer-driver Natalie Rasmussen and he should be a class above his rivals in a field missing Mr Feelgood at the Gold Coast on Friday.
It’s a busy time for Rasmussen, who is poised to have her first starter as a thoroughbred training in coming weeks. “The horse is called Dual Code and he’s got some talent. He came to my stable with 12 starts for three wins and two placings,” Rasmussen said. “He’ll trial this week and then it’s off to the races.
“I’m having so much fun working with this galloper. I ride him in all his trackwork. I’m loving it.”--By Adam Hamilton