SCAREDYMAC is primed to score back-to-back wins in the Woodford Cup, according to his trainer Jarrod McLean.
McLean said he could not present the seven-year-old any fitter for the 1700-metre feature race to be run at Warrnambool tomorrow.
He is confident Scaredymac is even better than last year, when he won the race by more than a length.
“I can’t fault his condition. He’s had two runs back in from a spell and won both races. He’s in career best form,” McLean said.
“The 1700m is normally his fourth run back in from a break, but this time it will be his third.
“We took him to Colac for a jump-out over 800m the other day and he came through that exercise very well.”
Jockey Jamie Mott had the winning ride on Scaredymac when he won the $35,000 Port Fairy Cup over 1400m at Warrnambool on December 6, but the talented hoop is in New Zealand. McLean offered the ride to his apprentice jockey Jackie Beriman, who jumped at the chance to ride the horse.
“Jamie had to go over to New Zealand for a few days,” McLean said.
“It’s bad luck that Jamie can’t ride him, but Jackie has ridden him twice before for one win. She understands the horse well.
“I’m sure the 1½-kilogram claim for Jackie will be a bonus at the end of the 1700m. He looks to be well weighted with her claim, but I’m sure it will be a tough race to win.”
The Warrnambool training combination of Bill and Symon Wilde has a strong hand in the cup, with four of the eight runners in the race.
The Wildes will saddle up Constant Force, Hinchley Wood, Watto’s Racer and Brewski. Constant Force appeals as the best of the Wilde chances after finishing an unlucky third to Scaredymac in the Port Fairy Cup.
“I thought his run in the Port Fairy Cup was very good,” Symon said.
“He was a bit unlucky. He was not going to beat Scaredymac, but he could have finished closer with a clear run.
“He’ll be really suited by the 1700m.
“We’ve booked apprentice jockey John Kissick to ride him. His 3kg claim will be important.
“We’ll use the Woodford Cup as a guide as to whether we take him over to Tasmania for his next run.”
The $35,000 Woodford Cup is race six on tomorrow’s eight-race program.
It’s due to start at 3.35pm.