By Brad Gray
Luke Morgan is surprised Golden Missile is still a maiden after three starts with the Tamworth-based trainer hopeful a gear change will see his mare break through at Muswellbrook on Sunday.
The lightly-raced five-year-old suffered a tendon injury as a three-year-old having originally been trained by Tracey Bartley, and Morgan was tasked with nursing her back to the track.
Last start at Tamworth the daughter of Smart Missile raced wide throughout where she jumped from 1000m to 1400m.
“She has had a couple of unlucky runs, after her first couple of starts I always had in mind to put the blinkers on but wanted to give her another run, but now fourth-up back to 1280m, I’m hoping she might let down that little bit better,” Morgan said.
“She had a tough run last start, no cover up on speed and she just ground away late, she didn’t really have a turn of foot. I’ve kept her fresh since, spaced her runs, and hopefully back in trip with the gear change, she’ll roll forward and won’t be too far away.
“I thought by now she would have won a maiden but I’m hoping the blinkers negate her little flat spot, I was just starting to wonder if she thinks about it when she gets there.”
Morgan, the younger brother of Cody, only trains a handful of horses on his farm, about five kilometres from Tamworth.
“I’ve only got a small team, it keeps me busy enough, I do a lot of pre training and breaking in for Arrowfield and Gerry Harvey. Cody he has a lot more in work than me so I do a lot of pre-training for him as well and only keep three or four racing at a time,” Morgan said.
“Having a smaller team you can do it all yourself.”
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