Deceiving his old flatmate the King
DECEIVING will be out to emulate the feat of his stablemate King Hunter when he contests the Nev and Noela Callaghan QTIS 2YO Handicap (1200m) at Callaghan Park today.
In the 2005 equivalent, when the race was titled the DC Motors Nissan 2YO Classic, the Dave Badham-trained King Hunter carried 59.5kg to victory.
The handicapper has paid Deceiving a big compliment in allocating him the same topweight for the $40,000 contest.
Badham has trained the winners of five Nissan Classics and shoots for four in succession today as he also won in 2003 with Kai Chow and 2004 with Kai Cibo.
He has a strong hand as he will also saddle up Forade (Nathan Evans) and Supreme Ascot (Shayla Quick).
Interestingly, Dale Evans, the rider of Deceiving, has never ridden a Nissan winner but all that could change come 4.02pm today.
Craig Smith's Roma-trained Brave Hawk youngster Elanet, widely tipped as the horse to end Badham's dream run in the Classic, has a weight disadvantage to owercome.
Three starts back at Callaghan Park on February 17, Elanet trounced Deceiving by two lengths when relegating him to third. However, on actual weights carried, Elanet meets Deceiving 3.5kg worse on handicaps ? a definite evener.
Conversely, Elanet's subsequent 4.8 lengths seventh of 15 behind Playground at Doomben on March 25 was a good run as the youngster was trapped wide throughout.
Three fillies ? Dance Wars, Positively Wicked and Rubies and Gold ? are likely betting shorteners given their light weights.
Meanwhile, Lightning Handicap (1000m) topweight Nessuno has been declared a starter with apprentice Luke Dillon being engaged but will be unable to claim an allowance under race conditions.
The early scratchings of Mot D'or and Mighty Crossing mean first emergency Cindy Kate has made the Lightning field today.