Trainer Daniel Miger’s explanation of his favorite rim Kosciuszko’s defeat at Kranji Mile may sound like an oxymoron to some. He wasn’t young.
The young Australian may have trained for only six years, but comes from a blue-blooded jockey pedigree, and more importantly, his resume already has four Group 1 silverware, and he is an onion. I know
In this case, he meant that Kermadek’s 4-year-old was a bit out of his depth when he played against Singapore’s Mylar Cream at an International Group 3 event at level weights.
Indeed, the bubble had already burst in his ninth bid.
But it was not a fall from grace. After fighting bravely, he found a better one in Gold Star.
Therefore, he still had many fans in Kranji Mile.
Jockey Danny Beasley hugged him when he skated with leader Famestar on the home straight, but surprisingly they hit a brick wall.
Normally, the poetry was moving at that stage, but Lim’s Kosciuszko was flat like a pancake, quickly disappeared, and ended between orchids.
It must have been a painful watch for Meeger, even if the stable companion Lim’s lightning helped partially erase that disappointing sight. But it pushed home the message that the class wouldn’t be won overnight.
Therefore, the statement that he was still a baby to a big boy was probably the one that even Meagher chose to ignore that day.
“He took on an older and tougher horse, but he wasn’t skilled enough,” he said.
“I was a little wrong because of my lack of experience.
“He’s basically a 1200m horse, and above 1,600m, he needs to be 100% correct.
“But it was difficult to get it right. Danny didn’t hurt him after he knew he had been beaten.”
An Australian jockey said the way the race was panned out didn’t suit Meeger either.
“Danny would have wanted to do the same run behind the leader as Lightning on the rim. The horse was too enthusiastic,” Meeger said.
“If he had removed the barrier with Lightning on the rim, he would have run behind the leader and ran better.
“After all, next year will be a better race for him.”
Meagher is lowering his goal for a feature race within range of the shooting range, the Group 2 Steward Cup over $ 150,000 next Sunday.
“In his own age group, that would be a different story,” he said.
“Tiger Lore is the second most highly rated horse in the race and must be respected.
“But you must also respect everyone else. They are all trained for this.”
Meagher certainly does not leave stones in his own preparations.
He exposed Lim’s Kosciuszko to a pleasant breeze during yesterday’s barrier trial. Riding on the Wong Chin Chuen, Gelding noseed Karisto with only a second win in 15 barrier trials.
But the youngest of the Australian Hall of Fame and former Crunge trainer John Meeger was more interested in the means than the last.
“He has 35 days between runs. He had to have a competitive trial, but it didn’t extend much,” he said.
“He didn’t go hard, he went well in CC’s hands. He pulled up after avoiding the barrier.
“CC was happy with the trial. He wasn’t very fast and he didn’t do much work and ran on his own.
“He’s a good horse and he’s running a mile next week. I didn’t want him to go too fast.”
After waiting for the Steward Cup match, Meeger dreams of a race where even his father, Group 1 Singapore Derby (1,800m), escaped on July 17th.
“We’ll see how he goes through this run. Hopefully he’ll see the derby, even if he has the first question mark in the distance,” he said.
“Otherwise we will refresh him and go to the Lion City Cup.”