Trainer Ben Currie has been pleased with the form displayed by Honey Toast this time, but concedes he is throwing the horse in the deep end when he takes to the barriers for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on the Gold Coast.
Honey Toast has undoubtedly been the stable star for Toowoomba-based Currie since his competitive debut in 2013; posting a commendable nine wins and six minors through a total of twenty-two competitive starts.
Having produced undoubtedly a career-best performance to date to win the Toowoomba Cup (2000m) by close to two lengths last time out on April 16th, Currie Told The Courier Mail he believes his runner’s fitness edge may be the difference in Saturday’s 2016 Hollindale Stakes.
“I have certainly thrown Honey Toast in the deep end in the Hollindale, but sometimes with a good horse you lift the bar and they just keep jumping it,” Currie said.
“To be honest, I would be more confident if he didn’t have to come back in trip from the 2000m of the Toowoomba Cup to the 1800m of the Hollindale.
“But coming back in trip is the only negative for him, as he is rock-hard fit and I’m sure he will run really well.
“He has won nine from twenty-two starts, so he is certainly a winner.”
Honey Toast returned to racing during the 2015 edition of the Winter Carnival in typically good form; running second in the Fish On Flinders Handicap (1400m) first-up before beating a classy field to the line in the Happy 70th Birthday Hans Plate (1300m) in July.
Progressing to second in a pair of Doomben minors over a mile, the Redoute’s Choice gelding charged home to win the Austral Bricks Handicap (2240m) on August 22nd, and while unlucky to be blocked for a run when fifth in the Campaign Plate (1630m), ended his year in the best way possible with a classy win in the Townsville Cup (2000m).
Resuming this tie year seventh in the Coastline BMW X5 Plate (1200m) on January 16th, Honey Toast made a commendable transition to black type company when fourth in the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) and has since registered peak condition in running second in each of the Height 4 Hire Handicap (1650m) and Flash Zing Pop Culture Handicap (1q630m), and winning the Sapphire Recruitment Handicap (2200m) leading into his Toowoomba Cup triumph.
The 2016 Hollindale Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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