New South Wales country trainer Brett Thompson is confident that Slate On Edge can bounce back from a disappointing last start when he lines up in the Listed $150,000 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Thompson took Slate On Edge to Melbourne to compete in the Subzero Race Series during the Spring Carnival and he came away with two seconds and a win against the greys.
The Zariz grey ran a first up second in the first leg of the three race series in the 1400m $100,000 Subzero Challenge Heat 1 at Caulfield on October 14 before running second again at Moonee Valley in a 1500m $100,000 Subzero Challenge Heat 2 on October 23.
Slate On Edge was then rewarded for his consistency with a three lengths win in the final race of the grey series in the $100,000 1400m Subzero Challenge at Flemington in Crown Oaks Day.
Thompson then stepped the grey up in class but he was well beaten when fourteenth to Casino Dancer in the Group 3 $150,000 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown on November 14.
But Thompson said that Slate On Edge had no luck in the run and he is willing to forget that he even went around.
“He had no luck, was probably going to finish fifth or sixth, then copped a bad check and was knocked around a lot,” Thompson told Racing New South Wales News.
“You wouldn’t know it though. He came home and was bouncing around like he hadn’t run a race. He’s been going very well since that Melbourne run.”
Thompson is looking forward to seeing Slate On Edge drop back to the 1500m of the Festival Stakes and if he runs up to expectations will consider running him in the Group 2 $250,000 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on December 12.
“The 1500 metres will suit him down to the ground. I think 1600 metres pulls him up so I’m looking forward to seeing him race on Saturday,” Thompson said.
“He’s rock-hard fit and we’ll head there with a good chance.”
“If he’s competitive then I’ll send him to the Villiers.”
Slate On Edge has been allocated the minimum of 54kg for the Festival Stakes and is one of twenty-two in the original entries, with the final field to be limited to twenty runners.
The Chris Waller trained I’m Imposing has been given the Festival Stakes top weight of 59.5kg with the John O’Shea trained English import It’s Somewhat and Team Hawkes’ Ninth Legion to carry 59kg.
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