Weekend Hussler clan keep to team up
Monday, 27 April 2009
Pin-up galloper Weekend Hussler could have another trainer alongside his name when he returns for a spring campaign.
Ross McDonald and his son Clinton are about to apply for a training partnership and are hoping to officially join forces at the start of the new racing season in August.
“We are strongly considering (forming a partnership),” Clinton McDonald said. “We virtually do everything together anyway so why not become partners?”
McDonald said they were working through the idea before formally applying to Racing Victoria Limited to be registered as a training partnership.
“There are a couple of things to think about with regard to licence terms and things like that,” he said.
“But it could work really well for us. For example, I hate going to the races but Dad loves it.”
McDonald said Weekend Hussler had all but recovered from his complaints which ruled him out of the autumn after being beaten out of a place behind Apache Cat in the Australia Stakes in February.
“He had a few things wrong with him but was still only beaten three lengths by Apache Cat,” he said.
“Most other horses would have been tailed off so our opinion of him hasn’t change.”
“The major thing that will change for him is he won’t work with a partner that much anymore.
“He just wants to compete so much and he runs the brilliant track times on his own, we never ask him to go quick on the track.
“His trackwork riders can’t believe he runs the times he does because to them he feels like he’s jogging.”
McDonald said the stable was keeping its options open on Weekend Hussler’s spring campaign but he said the Cox Plate was still on the agenda despite the rising five-year-old’s poor Turnbull Stakes run over 2000 metres.
“He didn’t stay the 2400 metres of the Caulfield Cup but he finished alongside Maldivian who won the Cox Plate,” he said.
“If he doesn’t make the Cox Plate we’ll try and look after him the way they look after Takeover Target and keep him fresh.”