Running Scared? Not likely
EXPERIENCED Gold Coast jockey Justin Stanley has advised Rockhampton trainer Lyle Rowe not to rush exciting young sprinter Running Scared into a Brisbane campaign despite a near record-breaking win at Callaghan Park races yesterday.
Running Scared made it four wins from five starts when after leading through "cruise control speed'' he won the Pryde's Easifeed Class 3 (1200m) unextended in the near record-breaking time of 1 minute 9.97 seconds.
But Running Scared ($1.40 favourite) shifted after entering the straight allowing Green Jacket up on his inside.
After Stanley gave Running Scared a few slaps with the whip, the gelding altered course and cleared out to win.
"He is a good horse but races like a big kid. I recommended to Lyle that he doesn't take Running Scared down south yet until he learns more about racing. He may be able to do things wrong in a race and win here (Rockhampton) but that won't be the case against stronger Brisbane rivals,'' Stanley said.
Raced by Kabra's Clive and Ellen Large, Running Scared (Lion Hunter-Yes Dear) was secured from the 2004 Magic Millions Premier Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.
While Running Scared capitalised on his potential, another son of Lion Hunter, the Dave Badham trained King Hunter ($1.40, favourite) was a shock unplaced failure behind ultra-consistent Cearnaigh ($17.00) in the Channel Seven Class 5 (1300m).
King Hunter did not parade as vibrantly as usual before the race and ran accordingly with stewards reporting the boom galloper had sustained an injury to the near fore leg and was short.
Cernaigh, last season's Rockhampton Jockey Club crowned Horse of the Year was the first leg of a winning double for trainer Alan Jones as he prepared Class 1 (1100m) winner Inala Sisterina ($15.00) booted home by talented Kenji Yoshida.