BULLSBROOK trainer Jim Taylor says More Aces is likely to have a start in a longer race this preparation after the gelding’s win on Saturday, July 29 at Belmont Park.
More Aces was not the first horse out of the barriers in the Get the Tabtouch Handicap (1000m) but he quickly hit the front.
On Wednesday last week in Less haste for More Aces (Echo News, July 27) Taylor said the plan was for jockey Jason Brown to have More Aces in the box seat waiting for a chance to dash to the finish line.
But on the day of the race the heavy track and the scratching of the Chris Gangemi-trained Lockroy had resulted in a change of plans.
More Aces showed the other gallopers a clean pair of heels for the whole race after taking the lead about 50m from the start.
Jockey Jason Brown, who was on board A Knight of Pro when More Aces finished second in a 1200m handicap on July 15, said More Aces needed the run first up and improved sharply for the second race.
It also was in his favour going back to 1000m and carrying less weight.
The Zizou and London Road gelding has had six wins from 12 starts.
Taylor said it would be impressive if he maintained a 50 per cent win record.
He thought More Aces would suit longer races down the track but did not rule out starting the gelding in a longer race this preparation.
“I think the heavy track made a bit of a difference because it made it more like a 1200m so [the win] was good,’’ he said.
Belter finished fourth for trainer Sean Casey of Bullsbrook.
Stewards said the galloper had bumped with another runner and bled from both nostrils during the race.
By Anita McInnes