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O.P. « 2018-Jul-21, 08:58 AM »
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ROUGHIE: Blacks A Fake hopeful Celestial Arden doing some beach work with trainer Robbie Morris. Pictu Ashlea Brennan

TRAINING horses has always been a labour of love for Robbie Morris.

It’s just a bit more loveable when you get to leave a freezing cold home base at Menangle, outside Sydney, and spend three weeks in the Queensland sun and beaches chasing feature races.

Morris and his fiancee Kerryn Ann Turner have understandably made Queensland “working holidays” a ritual.

“This is the third time we’ve campaigned a few of our horses up here for the good races,” Morris said.

“You need the right horses and we’re lucky enough to have them at the moment.

“Ideally we’d be here together, but we’ve got a big team at home and Kez (Kerry Ann) is doing a fantastic job back there with the horses and looking after Archie (their 2½- year-old son).

“I felt a bit guilty the other day when I rang her from the beach here and she said it was minus three degrees at Menangle that morning, but it’s the business we’re in. You have to go where the money is if you’ve got the right horses.”

And Celestial Arden, who flies the stable flag in tonight’s $200,000 Group 1 UBET Blacks A Fake at Albion Park, has surprised Morris by emerging as the right horse to chase the sport’s biggest races.

“He’s been a revelation. We paid $40,000 from New Zealand for him just over a year ago and he’s won almost $110,000 already,” Morris said.

Celestial Arden ran his best race and went within 1.3m of his biggest win when second to Tact Tate in last Saturday’s Group 2 Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park.

Many have written off Celestial Arden for tonight’s race from an outside front row draw (gate seven) compared with the prized pole position last week, but Morris is stunned by his $51 outsider status.

But Morris pointed to his record in longer races, where he has four wins from nine starts at 2300m or further.

“He’s one of those horses who goes back and needs the race to come to him. He needs them to go to war and there’s a very real chance of that happening this week,” Morris said.

“He can follow any pace and if they go hard, still peel off a 26.5 second last quarter when others are getting tired.”

Morris and Turner opted for Celestial Arden ahead of his classy stablemates Aztec Bromac and Charlaval as their Queensland raider this time to help develop him.

“The other two are seasoned open-class horses, this fella is learning and will take a lot from this trip and the hard racing,” Morris said.

“The long-range plan is to have the three of them chasing the Interdominion in Victoria at the end of the year.”

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