John Morrissey will saddle up Teary Eyed in the Listed Caloundra Cup at the Sunshine Coast this weekend.
The six-year-old gelding has only had one win from 11 starts this preparation, with this Saturday’s race due to be the last of his campaign.
Morrissey isn’t concerned about the length of Teary Eyed’s current prep.
“He’s been in work a long time but it doesn’t really worry me that much,” Morrisey said.
“He came into work in October last year and this will more than likely be his last start before he goes for a spell.”
Morrissey is hopeful Teary Eyed can improve on his gallant fourth placing behind Gold In Dubai in the Listed Ipswich Cup last start.
“The Ipswich Cup was his first run for three weeks and he was a bit lethargic at the start and didn’t want to go early,” Morrissey said.
“He had to come from a long way back and set himself an impossible task.”
The trainer has enlisted jockey Jason Taylor to ride Teary Eyed in the Saturday’s $200,000 race.
Morrissey has some specific instructions for Taylor, who will jump from the widest gate of 14 aboard Teary Eyed.
“Jason rode him well in the Ipswich Cup but he’s been a very unlucky horse a few times this prep,” Morrisey said.
“Caloundra is a big track and I don’t want to see him coming wide on the home turn.
“I’d rather Jason allow him to get back as normal and then just ride him for luck until he hits the straight.”
Teary Eyed finished third in last year’s Caloundra Cup behind Ironstein and Tinseltown.
“He had to go a bit early in last year’s race but he still looked like winning at the 200 metres before his run died out,” Morrissey said.
Morrissey is choosing not to travel Teary Eyed interstate for the Grafton Cup this year after an unsuccessful attempt last year.
“I’d prefer not to take him away for the Grafton Cup and he’ll go for a break and come back for another go at these races next year,” Morrisey said.