The Stephen Theodore trained Crack A Roadie is back on track for the Group 1 $1m Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes(1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday after a solid hit out at Cranbourne this morning.
Theodore was forced to miss a vital Blue Diamond lead up in the $250,000 2yo Inglis Premier (1200m) at Mornington on February 13 after his Charge Forward colt sustained minor injuries in a stable accident.
But a glowing report from jockey Craig Williams following the 1000m gallop has Theodore back on his toes.
“He worked 1000 evens, home the last 400 and he came that 400 in 23 and three-quarters, so he had a really good gallop and went super,” Theodore said.
“He missed that race at Mornington last week so he had to have a really good gallop this morning.”
Williams made a special trip to Cranbourne this morning and Theodore was relieved when the top international jockey came off the track with both thumbs up.
“Craig gave us the two thumbs-up afterwards so he’s happy too and convinced the horse is in perfect order,” Theodore said.
“I’m just pleased this morning is over and nothing has gone wrong and all we have to do now is hold him together for the rest of the week.”
Crack A Roadie was set to start a short priced favourite at Mornington but Theodore took the safety first approach even though the colt only took some skin off when he got cast in his box on race eve.
“If I had twenty like him I’d have run him, but he’s the best horse in the barn and I just couldn’t take the risk,” Theodore said.
“It was tough for the owners and for me as well, but maybe I’ll be a genius on Saturday if he comes out and wins the Diamond first-up.”
Williams has stuck with Crack A Roadie after scoring on him first up at Moonee Valley in the $250,000 Inglis Banner (1000m) at Moonee Valley on October 27 then was narrowly beaten when second to Direct Charge in the Group 3 $150,000 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington on November 10.
After Saturday, Theodore will head towards the Group 2 $220,000 Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on March 9.
A win in the Sires’ Produce would keep Crack A Roadie chances alive to pick up the $2.4 million bonus that is on offer for any 2012 Inglis Sale Graduate after winning the Inglis Banner.
The $400,000 Inglis Guineas for three year olds over 1400m to be run at Scone on May 18 is the third leg of the bonus.
Crack A Roadie is currently a $21 chance in the Blue Diamond with the Peter Snowden trained filly Guelph the $2.80 favourite just nudging out Adelaide filly Miracles Of Life at $3.
Snowden’s other filly Metastasio is next in betting at $6.50 just in front of the Peter Moody trained Thermal Current at $ 8.50.