More Than Ready gelding Code Word will line up at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday in the hope of extending his winning streak to three in a row.
The four-year-old was purchased by John Marzol’s Moruya based stable after being originally trained by Gerald Ryan.
Code Word has exceeded Marzol’s expectations, winning two city races for his new trainer.
“I bought him thinking he would make a good country cups horse but I think we will have to aim a bit higher,” said Marzol.
“I was confident he would run really well last start but to be honest I wasn’t expecting him to win like he did.”
Should Code Word succeed in the Ribs And Roast Benchmark 85 Handicap at Rosehill this weekend, the horse will most likely go on top compete in the Grafton Cup.
“After Saturday we are looking at possibly running him in the Grafton Cup but we will wait and see,” Marzol said.
“His Dubbo win over a mile was excellent; he had 58 kilos on his back and put pay to them quite easily.”
Before winning his last two metropolitan starts, Code Word found success at Bathurst and went on to finish third in Canberra.
“Then at Canberra he had a big weight and took a while to get going but came home strongly and was beaten only a neck and half a length,” Marzol said.
“I wasn’t quite sure if he would be able to run the 2000 metres but he is going really well at the moment and I am very happy with him.”
Code Word has drawn barrier one for Saturday’s race and will be ridden by jockey Nathan Berry.
Marzol expects Code Word to run in his usual backmarker style.
“He likes to get back in the field so from barrier one that’s probably where he will end up I would say,” he said.