Padrisimo out to keep hot trot going in cup

HOPEFUL: Stablehand Mekenzie Woodhouse with Padrisimo at Yirribee Pacing Stud before his run in the Easter Cup on Sunday. Picture: Les Smith

HOPEFUL: Stablehand Mekenzie Woodhouse with Padrisimo at Yirribee Pacing Stud before his run in the Easter Cup on Sunday. Picture: Les Smith

Wagga trainer Rod Woodhouse is hoping Padrisimo can keep stepping up to the mark during the Easter Cup at Wagga on Sunday.

Padrisimo has finished in the top two in each of his last two starts, but faces another quality field in one of the features on the 11-race card.

A winner two starts back, Padrisimo didn’t have a lot of luck when second on the track last week.

Woodhouse isn’t sure where the five-year-old will get to after drawing gate four, but is pleased by how he comes into the race.

“I’m been really happy as he’s been finding the line good,” Woodhouse said.

“He’s a horse that needs cover so we might have to change our tactics a little bit drawn four on Sunday.

“We have to try and find the fence somehow but don’t want to be too far back so we will probably have to press forward and see what happens.”

In the field are three horses who all tasted success at Wagga last week.

It Is A Glacier (barrier six) got the better of Padrisimo, while Coola Bar Boy (four) took out the standing start race and claimer Star Brutus (nine) was successful for new trainer Chris Chant.

It Is A Glacier was able to lead all the way for Chiltern trainer Peter Romero last week, but Woodhouse was happy with Padrisimo’s effort after being held up for clear running room.

“I thought he was unlucky the other night and if the leader doesn’t drift out a cart and a half off the fence he gets through and we win,” he said.

Woodhouse believes being able to race with the one sprint is what suits the son of Bettors Delight best, but with a wider draw and plenty of speed inside it’s not guaranteed to happen on the Easter Sunday meeting.

“Wherever he can be on them he has a really quick sprint,” he said.

“He does everything right and while he has to wait his turn a bit just lately he’s had a bit of luck with his draws.

“We’ve been able to sit on them and get home.”

Before the win at Wagga last month, Padrisimo hadn’t finished better than seventh in his previous four starts.

The disappointing efforts were on the back of consecutive wins at Junee.

Woodhouse thought changing his work has paid dividends.

“We tried a few different things and he seems to be loving it,” he said.

A winner of four since moving to Wagga, Padrisimo will have his 50th start on Sunday.

He showed a great deal of promise as a two-year-old, including scoring a win at Group Two level, but the little horse wasn’t able to maintain his form as he got older.

However he’s found a new lease on life after being sent to Woodhouse by owner Rob Nalder, who stands Caribbean Blaster at Yirribee Pacing Stud.

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