Part-time trainer Scott Aspery will saddle-up his Golden Rose hopeful Uzziah in this Saturday’s Group Two Run To The Rose at Kembla Grange.
The three-year-old has had an unconventional Golden Rose campaign, winning a maiden at Taree two starts ago before finishing an unlucky second at Gosford last time out.
It was Aspery’s first win since 2018 after the Newcastle-based horseman decided to give up training three years ago before making a comeback just last year.
Aspery only has a small team as he juggles training with being a Mortgage Consultant.
“Being a small stable and not having horses coming through every year to replenish the stocks, it was quite tough and financially we were doing it hard” he said.
“One of my clients at the time had his own pre-training and spelling property on the Central Coast and he offered me a position six months prior to me actually accepting the job.
“It got to a point where I couldn’t say no, the offer was too good to refuse.
“We closed the stable and I did that for a couple of years, and I decided it was time to venture back into it, just on a hobby trainer basis.
“A few yearlings were bought under the Endeavour Bloodstock tag and they’re the only horses on my book, so I’ve only got three horses on my book.
“There are a couple of nice horses there that’re giving us a bit of fun along the way.”
Uzziah is nominated for both the Run To The Rose and the Midway Handicap, but will more than likely line up in the Group Two contest.
The son of Outreach boasts a nomination in the Group One Golden Rose in a fortnights time, with Aspery using Saturday as an audition for the stallion-making race.
Aspery says the three-year-old is a progressive colt who continues to improve.
“He’s shown every indication that he’s a pretty smart colt, but he’s just taken a little while to learn his craft,” he said.
“I think he’s going to measure up to the better grade in time, whether this being his first preparation It’s a bit soon we’ll find out on Saturday, but he’s progressive and on the upward curve.
“Even though we’ve taken the easier path towards the Rose, he has been racing against the older, more seasoned horses and beating them at Taree and then probably should’ve beaten them at Gosford.
“He deserves his chance to see where he measures up against the better three-year-old’s.”
Aspery has only had 330 starters in his training career, but four of those were in Group One company and has trained a Group Three winner in Estonian Princess.
The Newcastle-based horseman says the love of the animal is what helps him through the long days.
“They’re long days, I get up at 3am and don’t get home from the stables until 5:30-6pm,” he said.
“They’re long days, but I love the horses, that’s my passion.
“I’ve always had an interest and I enjoy that side of life.”