Mythologist awaits track test to determine where he races
AN ASSESSMENT of a track gallop at Callaghan Park racecourse early this morning will determine where exciting galloper Mythologist races this week.
Rockhampton trainer Lyle Rowe has Mythologist entered for Rockhampton on Thursday and Doomben, Brisbane, on Saturday.
Curiously, both QTIS three-years-old races are run over totally different distances, a point not lost with Rowe.
Mythologist has been handicapped generously in the Rockhampton event with 63kg over the sprint course of 1100 metres. Weights for the Doomben race run over 1600 metres aren't due out until today but Mythologist will be in the higher bracket of handicaps.
Rowe has done a sterling job in placing Mythologist (Hidden Dragon-Satellite Girl) for seven wins and a second from 10 starts, fetching $197,600 in stakes.
"I know there is a huge difference in the distances for the races this week - it is a big scope. He (Mythologist) is very clean winded and either way, I believe he would get the 1600 metres distance," he said.
While playing his cards close to his chest about a race preference, Rowe knows only too well that the handicapper has given him an enticing invitation to race at Callaghan Park.
Two starts back, Mythologist carried 62kg in winning a 3YO (1400m) there on October 19.
Then under set weights conditions, Mythologist, with a physique more akin to a far more mature horse, won with 57kg in a $30,000 3YO (1200m) on the sandy track at Roma.
"I'm satisfied with the 63kg here (Rockhampton) as the handicapper hasn't penalised him for the Roma win,'' Rowe said.
He said if Mythologist went to Brisbane, he had yet to decide on a rider.
Apprentice Geoffrey Goold rode Mythologist when he beat just one runner home at his only Brisbane start at Doomben on October 5.
Most race assessors would tend to overlook that effort when circumstances during the race ran against Mythologist.
Reading between the lines, the likely scenario is that Mythologist will run at Callaghan Park with Adrian Coome in the saddle.
Coome replaced regular rider Luke Dillon at Roma after the latter, sometimes errant at track work, had won seven races on Mythologist.
Rowe's astute placement of Mythologist is similar to that of his previous precocious stable star of 2001-02 in Laurinel Impulse (Dantibes-Imperial Pulse). Laurinel Impulse won nine races as a two and three-year-old with trainer Rowe rating him superior to Mythologist.
Other Central Queensland-owned horses entered for Doomben on Saturday are Rocky King (BM 90, 1010m) as well as Bush Aviator and Hodgie and Mo (BM 85,1350m).
Tom Burke-trained Rocky King (b g 4 Easy Rocking-Jazz Kingdom) has won two of his last three Brisbane starts, escalating his prize money haul to $225,450 off an $11,000 Magic Million Yearling Sales purchase platform.
Alan and Jennifer Acton's Bush Aviator (ch g 4 Stratum-Sister Patricia), now with Tony Gollan in Brisbane, is both a Hobart and Eagle Farm winner.
He cost $140,000 as a MM yearling, returning $82,535 to date.
Hodgie and Mo (Top Echelon-Rusticate) was bred by his principal owner Col Donovan and was won eight of his 18 starts, returning $84,075 in stakes.