Trainer Jarrod Austin will be looking to take his career to the next level when Allabout Glory tackles the Nivison Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
The six-year-old will be the Warwick Farm-based trainer’s first Listed runner, with Austin confident about her chances despite the step up in class in the 1200m event.
Allabout Glory has won two of her four starts since Austin took control of the mare from Denise McGrath in July.
A win on Saturday would be by far his biggest victory and help consolidate the fledging trainer’s reputation.
“We win a couple in town and hopefully it will put my name out there and will help attract a few more people to the stable,” Austin said.
TAB Sportsbet on Friday rated the mare a $14 chance, with the Ron-Quinton trained Ofcourseican $4 favourite.
“She’s in good form at the moment, but it is a step up in class,” Austin said.
“We thought with the way she ran in her last couple of races it was time to give her a chance.”
Austin said he was thrilled to have a runner contesting the event, which he reckoned would suit Allabout Glory.
“We’ve always thought she had a bit of potential, she had a few issues along the way but we seem to have got her right,” he said.
“We did try her over a little bit further, but she’s more of a sprinter and I think the distance is right up her alley.”
He said the barrier draw was also favourable, with Allabout Glory to jump from gate two.
“We really had our fingers crossed that we’d get a good draw up against this better class of horses, so the barrier draw was perfect,” he said.
Austin worked as a foreman for McGrath for almost a decade and was granted a training licence after McGrath stepped back from training to concentrate on the development of her pre-training and agistment property in Sydney’s southwest.
Since then, the 39-year-old has claimed three metropolitan wins from seven starters.
Austin said he was focused on building his stable by targeting city wins.
“We want to branch out as much as possible now to get some more numbers,” he said.
“We’re certainly looking for more horses, that’s for sure.”