Enright aims for recall with Tibetan stable newcomer | Bendigo Advertiser


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FRESH from a first win earlier this month with stable newcomer the Tibetan, Bendigo coach Matthew Enright hopes to repeat the dose on his hometown cup day. The former New Zealand galloper produced a welcome turnaround by winning for the first time in over 12 months at Echuca on October 11. His decisive victory coincided with a change of coach, with Enright taking over with South Australian Michael Hickmott’s five-year-old gelding. Enright is hoping it’s not punctual, but admits the Tibetan, who will again be ridden by Harry Coffey, will oppose it on Wednesday in a practical benchmark of 70 over 1,600m. “We don’t have a big gate (barrier 15) and the race seems to be speedless,” he said. “In chatting with the owner, we don’t really want to risk our arm in the future, so we’re going to cold ride him and see how things go for him.” You would probably have reservations about running with this barrier. , but because it’s your original track and you don’t have to move around, it improves the situation. “We think his best distance is over 2,000m, so we’re going to ride him carefully and if they run a bit he’ll come home.” Enright named the $ 70,000 Ararat Cup (2,000m) on Nov. 7 as the Tibetan’s long-term goal. “Some of those country cups aren’t that strong right now and it’s the day after the last day of (Flemington’s) carnival, so it’s a cup we’ll be looking at based on how it evolves on Wednesday,” a- he declared. “He brought some pretty solid form with him from New Zealand, but for some reason he failed to deliver in Australia.” Two Illicit was a Group 1 winner and he was beaten to six lengths from Proabeel, so it’s a good form. “But take off the six weeks between Echuca and his last race in South Australia (seven starts since late June) and he’s been up for a while, so you just don’t know how much he has left, but to me it seems like it’s ‘to be improved from Echuca. “Having said that, his best runs were on softer tracks, so it’s a bit negative on Wednesday, being at the end of the race. “So he has a few bridges to cross – wide gate, no speed, closed track.” Tibetan will be the first day runner in the Enright Bendigo Cup. He is no stranger to great racing successes on his home track, however, winning the 2009 Golden Mile with Majestical. Montjeu gelding was an excellent performer at the time with Enright, also winning a Listed Cranbourne Cup and finishing second in a JRA Cup at Moonee Valley in 2008. READ MORE: Tibetan returns to form under Enright leadership Our journalists work hard for the news in the community. Here’s how to access our trusted content: