Tuesday, 7 August 2012
: Canberra trainer John Nisbet hopes the reliable Glad You Called can finish her campaign in the best possible way at Newcastle on Wednesday.
The five-year-old will contest the opening race at Newcastle – a $35,000 Fillies and Mares No-Metro-Wins Handicap (1400m).
John Nisbet's daughter, Kayla Nisbet, who has a wonderful record riding Glad You Called
(7: 4-0-2), has been engaged to ride the Aristotle mare.
The 18-year-olds three-kilo city claim helps off-set the unfavourable 58kg weight allocated for the Canberra galloper.
Glad You Called has drawn barrier two for Wednesday's race, with trainer John Nisbet saying he would like to see the five-year-old get to the front.
“She can be a touch slow out of the gates, and I think she's a better horse if she can lead so hopefully she can hold the rail from in there,” he said.
Nisbet believes the five-hour drive from Canberra is warranted and expects his charger to perform well on Wednesday.
“It is a fair way, but it just looks the right race for her. It's against horses of her own sex, and it's a No-Metropolitan-Wins,” Nisbet said.
“She'll go for a holiday after the race so we thought we'd put in the effort and see what happens.
“She's had a few runs this time in and still going as well as she's been going, but we don't want to go to the well too many times.”
The five-year-old has not won over further than 1300-metres, but Nisbet is nevertheless optimistic that Wednesday's event should be the perfect distance for her.
“The 1550m at Canterbury was just too far as it turned out, and with the way she's been racing, the 1200 has been too short,” he said.
The track at Newcastle is currently rated a Dead 5, and although Glad You Called's record on similar tracks is far from ideal (4: 0-0-1), Nisbet is not at all concerned.
“She handles all conditions. I don't really worry about what the tracks are like with her,” he said. “She seems to run the same race no matter what the track is like.”