As he prepares the first plank of a Stradbroke Handicap mission for qualified sprinter Master Jamie, trainer Graeme Green will feel the weight of family expectation when he unleashes talented youngster Ahooshu at Doomben on Saturday.
Ahooshu is the first horse Green’s wife Julie has owned outright and the $28,000 purchase almost pulled off a shock win when he defied his $31 starting price in the $500,000 Jewel 2YO at the Gold Coast last month.
Ahooshu was given little chance in the rich race, up against fellow Rockhampton-trained sprinter Sweet Dolly who started $1.50.
But after being wide early and then making an early run, Ahooshu raced terrifically to only just go down to Sweet Dolly on the Heavy 10 track.
Sweet Dolly wins the QTIS Jewel 2YO! The Kevin Hansen-trained filly was too good at @GCTurfClub, with Justin Stanley putting together a nice ride. pic.twitter.com/hRmuQHjh2s
Green thinks the son of Better Than Ready relished the wet conditions but believes he can be just as adept on firmer surfaces.
He will race in the QTIS 2YO Handicap (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday – where he is a $3.70 favourite on TAB.com.au – which will give Rockhampton trainer Green a pointer to potential winter carnival aspirations.
The Doomben track was rated a Heavy 10 on Wednesday but is likely to improve by Saturday given a Brisbane weather forecast with little or no rain leading into race day.
“The best part about him is my wife owns him, he is the first horse she has ever owned outright,” Green said.
“This horse doesn’t mind the heavy track but in all honesty I think he is going to be just as effective on top of the ground as he is going through it.
“If the track is still in the soft range on Saturday I wouldn’t mind, but we will go around no matter what the track conditions.
“He is a very strong little horse, this run will tell us whether he is going to have a little break or we push on through the carnival.”
Master Jamie (left) winning The Gateway last December after holding off Stampe. Picture: Grant Peters/Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail
Meanwhile, Green’s stable star Master Jamie is about to arrive in Brisbane for his carnival preparation aimed at the Group 1 Stradbroke.
Master Jamie, a winner of 13 from 22 starts, collected a ticket into the Stradbroke when he won the $250,000 The Gateway at Eagle Farm in December.
The four-year-old gelding, currently rated a $26 Stradbroke chance on tab.com.au, will resume in the Listed Ascot Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday week.
Green is searching for a lightweight jockey to ride the galloper in the Stradbroke – he believes Master Jamie will be allotted about 52kg in Queensland’s most prestigious race.
“He will start on April 17 in the Ascot and, all going well, the Stradbroke will be the fourth or fifth start of his campaign,” Green said.
“I’ve been trying to a jockey (for the Stradbroke) – I need a jockey who rides light because unless he wins a major race leading into the Stradbroke he is only going to get 52 (kg).
“None of the southern riders want to commit to him, which is understandable as trainers like Waterhouse and Cummings have far bigger and better stables than what I will ever have.”
Both Master Jamie and Ahooshu are named in reference to characters in Outlander, a historical drama TV series.
Originally published asTrainer has big plans for wife’s horse
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