Motorised Given Second City Chance

By: Sarah Fortnum
December 7th, 2011

Motorised will finally have his first-up start at Flemington this weekend after being scratched from his last start at Caulfield last Saturday.

Trainer John Sadler withdrew Motorised from the race after he drew barrier ten, which coupled with the rail being out ten metres, meant he only had a slight chance of winning the race.

Sadler will now start the three-year-old in the Victoria University Handicap over 1,400 metres this Saturday.

The trainer understands that it may be a tough ask for the Flying Spur colt to run over that distance in his first-up start, but believes it is worth the risk.

“We are giving him his chance,” Sadler said.

“He is more of a chance to race forward over the 1400 metres but I would have liked to have got to this distance at his second or third start.”

Sadler had also considered running Motorised at Terang racecourse in a Maiden Plate.

“He goes all right and he would win a maiden comfortably,” he said.

“If there had been 14 or 16 runners he would have run at Terang but all being well he will run at Flemington and we will see how he measures up.”

Motorised has had three career starts, with his best result being a second in the ACG Security Handicap at  Flemington after he jumped awkwardly and was disappointed for a run.

The young colt was purchased from the 20120 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for $310,000 and has so far won just over $16,000 in prize money.

Sadler was concerned by Motorised run in his last start at Flemington, where he finished sixth by two and a half lengths.

Motorised was checked near the 1,200 metre mark in the race and underwent a vet examination after his run.

“His first two runs were pretty good, particularly his second run, but I thought he was very disappointing last start,” Sadler said.

“It wasn’t a strong race and we thought he could win.”

A win in Saturday’s city race would mean more metropolitan starts for Motorised, whereas a loss could mean an extended trip to the bush.


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