VETERAN jumper Gold Medals indicated he's in form that could see him figure prominently in Thursday week's Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase after a brilliant trial at the famous course on Friday.
Gold Medals, who won the time-honoured race in 2018 before running second in 2019 and 2020, defeated Flying Agent and Zed Em in the trial over 13 fences and 2800 metres.
Trainer Symon Wilde and jockey Clayton Douglas were thrilled with the 11-year-old's effort.
Wilde said a decision regarding which races Gold Medals runs at the carnival will be made in 10 days.
"Gold Medals is super," he said. "I thought Gold Medals trialled up really well.
"He's in top shape leading into the Annual. I'm not sure if we run in the Brierly and Annual or go straight into the Annual. Gold Medals has been sensational horse during his career.
"He won a two-year-old race over 1000 metres at Warrnambool and has won the longest race at Warrnambool in the Annual back in 2018. We couldn't be any happier with Gold Medals."
Douglas, who has partnered Gold Medals in his three Annual runs, is looking forward to riding him in the in the famous race.
"It was a top trial leading into the Annual," he said. "Gold Medals did a bit of work in the trial but I wanted him to do it.
"He's as good as he was leading into his three other Annual runs. He's a remarkable horse who is a dream to ride. He's just so tough and loves jumping."
The Grand Annual is on May 6.
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