CASTERTON-trained steeplechaser Half Moon Rising will create modern-day jumps history if he can lump 75.5 kilograms to victory in the Great Western Steeplechase.
Trainer Graeme “Joey” Smith said Half Moon Rising won his last start carrying 73.5 kilograms at Casterton on September 15.
He said he was disappointed the horse had been penalised two kilograms for the 3600-metre race at Coleraine tomorrow.
“I didn’t think they would give him a two-kilogram penalty for his Casterton win,” he said.
“I would have been satisfied with a one-kilogram penalty but the handicappers have made their decision.
“There are not that many horses that can carry those big weights and win jumps races.
“I used to train Sky Plain back in the early 1990s and he carried 76 kilograms to win a hunt club steeplechase at Casterton one day.”
The veteran trainer said Half Moon Rising seemed bright and had worked well since his last-start jumps victory.
“I can’t fault his condition. He seems better than when he won at Casterton,” the hobby trainer said.
“It’s the last steeplechase for the season so I thought while he was fit and healthy I might as well run him.
“We’ve got the services of top jumps jockey Steven Pateman, which is a real bonus.
“I think the horse is five lengths better running in the country than in the city.
“The jumps come up to him quicker in the country than in the city.”
Apart from the steeplechase, a $20,000 maiden hurdle to be run over 3300 metres is also on the nine-race program.
The two jumps races are the final jumping events for the 2013 season.