Trainer Paul Beshara has been thrilled with the building form and class displayed by Happy Trails in the lead-up to his racing return, and is confident he is more than a chance of success in Saturday’s Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville.
A three-time Group 1 winner, Happy Trails was set on a rare campaign through the recent Autumn Carnival; claiming minors in each of the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) and Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) in Melbourne, but failing to handle the heavy, rain-soaked conditions in each of the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney.
Having completed a strong gallop between races at Morphettville last weekend, Beshara is confident the conditions of the 2015 Spring Stakes on Saturday will play directly into Happy Trails’ strengths and believes he is more than capable of saluting at good odds.
“He copped a bit of flak for a couple of his runs in Sydney on wet tracks, but the horse just doesn’t let down on really heavy going,” Beshara told The Advertiser.
“The Morphettville track on Saturday was much better than what he had to deal with up there and his work was pretty much what I was expecting.
“He’s been ticking along pretty well, we’ll kick him off in the Spring Stakes and then make some decisions after that.”
Local hoop Simon Price has been booked to partner Happy Trails in the 2015 Spring Stakes but Beshara revealed he is yet to confirm a mount for the horse’s major targets this campaign, including the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).
“Bossy (Glen Boss) has already been on the phone for the ride, but we haven’t committed to anyone just yet,” Beshara added.
Happy Trails has posted an impressive seven wins and sixteen minors through 50 career starts so far and undoubtedly found career-best form to date through the 2013 Spring Carnival; highlighted by success in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and an agonizingly-close second in the Cox Plate.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2015 Spring Stakes odds, for which Happy Trails can be taken at a generous quote of $7 for success!