A well-executed plan saw Guido back in the winners stall, backing up five days between runs from Bendigo to Warrnambool.
The promising stayer has continued to showcase his staying prowess and durability every time he steps out, giving Freedman the confidence he will handle the short time between runs. The son of Jakkalberry a picture in the yard at Warrnambool and it was great to see him run accordingly.
“Guido is a horse who does very well between runs and is feeling well in himself. We felt there was a great opportunity to back him up from Bendigo to Warrnambool, putting the blinkers back on and it was really pleasing to see the plan come to fruition.” Racing beyond 3000m for the first time, Guido relished the distance and showed a crushing turn of foot over the marathon distance, out staying his rivals.
When asked about the future of the horse, Freedman identified the Jericho Cup has a potential target for the progressive stayer. “He has shown us his staying ability and now out beyond 3000m, we will certainly keep the Jericho Cup in the back of our mind.” Staying races above 3000m accumulate Jericho Cup points for the first three past the post, so Monday’s win puts Guido on the board early, with ample more opportunities to win his way in.
There is a high weight staying race at Warrnambool in August over the 3100m where you will likely see Guido again chasing the points, or perhaps in a ‘win and you’re in’ Jericho Cup qualifying race in the months ahead. Either way, he is a stayer on the rise and we are very excited for what the new season brings for him.