This Saturday’s Tramway Handicap is set to be one of the races of the weekend with a host of top line horses returning to the track ahead of their spring campaigns.
One of these is the ageless galloper All Silent which may well be embarking on his final spring tilt.
The Grahame Begg trained gelding failed to fire over the autumn but the stable are hopeful of getting him back into shape for one more push at the top level.
It will be a tough ask for the horse given he’s past his best form but still has to deal with the success he enjoyed over previous years.
That will be the case this weekend as he’s top weight for the Tramway Handicap at 59.5kg, a full kilo and a half more than any other runner.
Begg is naturally concerned by that however acknowledges it was inevitable.
” It’s plenty of weight but he’s a dual Group 1 winner so I guess he deserves it,” he said.
All Silent has trialled solidly last Friday and is a definite starter when acceptances are made tomorrow.
“He’s staring off on Saturday, he missed running in the Warwick Stakes, time for him to start off,” he said.
“He showed a bit of dash, we were pretty happy with the way he went and the way he came through it (the trial).”
It won’t be Begg’s only inclusion in the race either with Secret Admirer ready to jump up in grade as well.
“First time out of fillies and mare class to running in a quality handicap,” Begg said.
She has already had one start this season and he run impressed many.
“It was important that she ran well first up, it was very pleasing and she certainly attacked the line,” he said.
Begg expects her to take plenty of fitness out of that start into the Tramway Handicap where she’ll be ridden by Corey Brown.
As yet there is no jockey booked for the ride on All Silent.