Bordeaux looks to be back on track and ready to spoil the Marcoola party
Flaxton trainer Philip Iggo admits he made a mistake with his stable star Bordeaux on Christmas Eve when a decision to not re-shod the talented gelding proved to be the telling factor in the way he never handled the Cambridge surface and he did his chips early and never looked like trotting a beat. But the team lives to see another week and with everyone saying Marcoola looks past the post, the man from Flaxton isn't writing off his chances of causing the boilover & picking up Group One glory. Here's what Philip had to say.
Race 6 (3) Musculus – SCRATCHED
Race 8 (9) Bordeaux – “We made an error in judgement heading into his Cambridge failure. Hindsight is a great thing but we talked about the need to re-shod him before that race but decided against it and instead re-nailed his shoes. That proved to be the telling factor as from the moment he stepped out on the track he never looked comfortable and Dexter said he just never handled the track. We have re-shod him since and all in all, that Cambridge run is best forgotten and we head into Saturday night looking to looking to rebound from that. He has worked up really well at Richard’s since that run and I am expecting him to run a big race on Saturday night. You only have to look at the ground he made up in the Lyell Creek after doing his chips early. He ran his last mile in 1.55.4 that night and nothing else in that race got close to that. The draw could work out good or bad depending on what happens early and how aggressive Mango looks to come out with Idle Bones. The 2700m suits him down to the ground as he is a really nice stayer and if we are able to extricate away from the markers in enough time, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him making winning claims.”