Race one run too soon for Warrnambool galloper

CONSISTENT stayer Let Them Have It could be one run away from his peak when he runs in a $30,000 showcase benchmark 64 race over 2200 metres at Warrnambool today, according to his trainer Simon Ryan.

Ryan said Let Them Have It missed a vital start at Hamilton last Friday after only a handful of acceptors were received for the 1600m event. The race was subsequently deleted from the program.

“It’s over three weeks since his last run,” the Warrnambool trainer said.

“I was hoping the race at Hamilton last Friday would have gone ahead. The 1600m would have been an ideal lead-in race to the 2200m today.

“It’s in the back of my mind that we might be going into this race one run short. I’ve got no doubt a start at Hamilton would have topped him off for the 2200m.”

Let Them Have It was handicapped to carry 61 kilograms today but the claim of apprentice jockey Jake Bayliss brings the seven-year-old into 59kg, which Ryan thinks is a good weight for the horse.

“I think he’s in well on weight on his recent form,” Ryan said.

“He’s got a win and four second placings to his credit from his last five starts.

“I’ve got no real worries abut him running the distance as he won a race over 2400m at Randwick back in 2010.

“The form around him is solid. As I said, my main concern is about missing the run at Hamilton last Friday.”

Warrnambool Racing Club chief executive officer John Green said the track was rated a dead four on Tuesday morning after it had been watered daily for the past fortnight.

“We’ve had a few very warm days in that fortnight, but we’re hoping the track will have enough moisture in its profile to have a dead track today,” Green said.

The first of eight races is scheduled for 1pm.

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