A good draw and an attractive prizemoney purse have convinced trainer Con Karakatsanis to have a crack at the Listed Gosford Guineas with My Destiny on Sunday.
This year’s Gosford Guineas (1200m) has received a prizemoney injection to $250,000 and will feature the return of local galloper Sincero, who is trained on the NSW central coast at nearby Wyong by Stephen Farley.
Magic Millions Guineas winner Torio’s Quest, also trained at Wyong by Brett Partelle, was scratched from a race at Randwick on Saturday to run at Gosford.
My Destiny ran an encouraging third at massive odds in the Listed Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill last start and Karakatsanis believes he can turn in another good showing on Sunday.
“It was a great run last start and he’s probably an underestimated three-year-old,” Karakatsanis said.
“He’s a lovely horse, I threw him in the deep end in the Darby Munro and halfway up the running he looked a chance.
“He has drawn well at Gosford and I don’t think you can rule him out.”
Karakatsanis considered giving My Destiny a short break in the paddock and taking him to Brisbane for the winter but decided the Gosford Guineas was the way to go.
“If he had of drawn deep I might have not worried about it but he’s drawn near the fence in barrier three and the Gosford track has been in great order,” Karakatsanis said.
“Good barrier, good prizemoney, it’s worth a go.”
Summer carnival rising star Sincero resumes since stringing four straight wins together in the space of a month from the end of November until Boxing Day.
Farley turned the son of Umatilla out after he lumped 60.5kg to victory at Randwick on Boxing Day, and the trainer resisted the temptation to race him during the autumn carnival in Sydney.
He has stuck to the original plan and waited for the Gosford Guineas before heading to the Hawkesbury Guineas and Scone Guineas.
A Brisbane winter campaign is also a possibility.
Sincero is the $3.80 favourite ahead of the unbeaten Happy Patrick ($4.40).
My Destiny is at $16 with Tim Clark to ride.