Scone based trainer, Jeremy Gask is planning a seven-day back up for his 'enigma' Weather Channel in Friday's $75,000 Robert Oatley Vineyards Mudgee Cup (1600m).
Gask ran Weather Channel at Muswellbrook two days ago and after finishing strongly to score, Gask intends to send the six-year-old around in Mudgee's feature race on a Racing NSW Country Showcase program.
"He can be a bit of an enigma but in saying that, he's a lovely, sound horse that enjoys his racing," Gask said.
"He is consistent but during a race, the rider needs to let the horse decide what to do; you can't force the issue. He gets back and needs to be buried in a field and has also been troubled by drawing bad barriers.
He does find it hard to win but thrives on racing - he loves it. I'd like to have a few more like him.Scone trainer, Jeremy Gask
Weather Channel has raced 15 times for the Gask stable for a win and six placings earning nearly $70,000 in prizemoney.
Gask is also taking Spirit of Elijah to Mudgee where he is entered for the $50,000 Craigmoor Country Magic Benchmark 58 (1200m).
"He's a good fresh horse and won first-up at Gosford in May last year," Gask said.
"He went to South Australia and had a couple of starts over there but it didn't work out, so he has returned to us. We've changed his routine, and this is a starting point for him."
Gask is also considering taking Sea Spirit to Mudgee for the $30,000 Wild Oats Benchmark 66 Handicap (1400m).
It's not set in stone, but at this stage he'll be going up to Mudgee. He's a happy horse and looks great. The 1400m may still be a bit short for him but if he goes, he'll run very well.
"He has been around the traps [Randwick, Caulfield, Randwick and now Scone] but has ability and will obviously appreciate stepping up in distance from the 1400m at Mudgee as he is a winner over 2200m."
The 2019 Mudgee Cup will be held on December 6 at the Mudgee Racecourse.