Thankgodyou’rehere has dominated his opposition in the lower grades and built himself quite a big reputation among the racing community.
Trainer Wayne Webster has been very patient with the horse and only now is he starting to make the jump into a full time stakes grade horse.
This Saturday at Doomben he faces his biggest test yet when he runs in the BTC Sprint, a Group 3 test featuring plenty of horses which have been proven at the Group 1 level.
Thankgodyou’rehere himself has had some success in the top grade when running second to Atomic Force in The Galaxy across a heavy track earlier in the year.
To win tomorrow though he’ll need all his skill and a bit of luck too as he’ll jump from barrier 15 in the capacity 16 horse field.
“It would have been nice to draw a nice alley but the cards have been dealt and we just need to play our hand and hope for a bit of luck,” Webster said.
His last start yielded a second placing and connections have made the decision to add winkers to try and give him that extra little advantage.
“We haven’t really used any gear on him so just to sharpen him up and help him concentrate a bit more,” he said.
There’s no doubting how impressive the horse looked when trouncing his opposition earlier in his career but Webster is under no illusions about that toughness of the jump in grade.
“Now he’s up to the bigger league he has to step up and run when these races are available whether they’re two weeks or three weeks apart,” he said.
He’s the equal favourite for the race despite his poor gate draw and it’s understandable given his overall record, 13 starts for seven wins and four placings.
He’s not the only horse Webster will have running on Saturday at Doomben with I Walk the Line contesting the Doomben Roses.
It was even worse for her in the barrier draw taking gate 16 and needing a mountain of luck to find a position.
Still, he hasn’t ruled her out and say’s her efforts warrants her being a chance.
“Her work has probably as good as his, you couldn’t ask for any more they ran a good time and had plenty left,” he said
“You couldn’t ask for any more of either of them.”