With four winners and two minor placings from her past eight runners Goulburn trainer Tash Burleigh has sure found an Autumn hot spot.
The progressive To The Nines has been part of those recent results and looks a genuine fast learner. The Epaulette three-year-old has shown an early knack for converting canter to coin in just four starts and his trainer is excited about what he’s delivered so far.
“He is a lovely young horse and nice to have around, he is still putting it together and can get a little worked up,” Burleigh offered.
“I’ve always thought he would be a nice horse with some maturity on his side and he shows that with the progression of his runs.”
The gelding contests the Goulburn Marketplace Class Two Hcp (1200m) on Tuesday that his trainer has earmarked as a suitable target.
“He’s up to 1200m with a lot more fitness on his side as opposed to his first up run a couple of starts back. He should go there Tuesday and show some good gumption.”
Despite To The Nines ($2.80 TAB Fixed Odds) finding a competitive little race on his home track Burleigh feels he’s certainly up to the challenge.
“There are a few horses in the race with nice form for where he is at and we are excited to see how he goes against them on Tuesday.”
“He has placed against some horses who have won up to 5 races, so with a nice run he should be in the right place on the finish line.”
Burleigh had a Saturday option with To The Nines over the weekend but instead has opted for ‘the road less travelled’ on her home patch.
“The latest TAB Highway could have been an exciting race for him had he not drawn a wide barrier.”
To The Nines did what few gallopers do by kick-starting his career with a dominant debut win in the spring at Canberra. Since then the galloper has held his form through another three contests over Summer and Autumn.
Burleigh says its’s still wait and see with an inexperienced horse like him but the stable is bullish about where to after this week.
“We will see how he goes on Tuesday and hopefully be making a trip or two with him to Sydney in the near future.”
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