French galloper right at home at Geelong
Oct 22, 2012
Geelong Advertiser, Ryan Reynolds
TAC de Boistron's two trips to Geelong over the past fortnight will have him ready to perform at his best during the spring, trainer Mick Kent believes.
The second-favourite for Wednesday's Group 3 Geelong Cup completed another gallop of the course proper with Dermot Weld's stayer Galileo's Choice on Saturday.
Kent said getting as much travelling experience into his star was vital before the Geelong Cup and also November's Melbourne Cup.
"It took him a while to settle in here (in Australia)," Kent said.
"He is probably the least experienced of all the horses that travelled here. He was trained by a little owner-trainer and he had never been abroad anywhere.
"I think getting on the float is a big thing. In Europe, they go to the races and they go in a stable.
"Here, they get cross-eyed with all the crowd and I just thought it was good having the Geelong Show on and a bit of broadcast, just so he is not shocked on Wednesday."
The six-year-old gelding and Galileo's Choice worked over 1600m on Saturday and both stretched out well in the home straight.
Kent said he expected Tac de Boistron to put forward a good showing in the Geelong Cup, but admitted the horse would not be at his peak until the Melbourne Cup.
"He has a lot of weight and basically we are just looking at a prep run," the Cranbourne-based trainer said.
"It has its benefits obviously because you have exposure to crowds and that sort of thing. There is a risk that you can jar them up if the track is too firm.
"I think it is important to have a run and it seems like it is the winning formula to have a run before the Melbourne Cup."
Kent said he was happy to bring Tac de Boistron back to the course after connections for Galileo's Choice were looking to give the horse a run away from Werribee.
"Dermot was keen to give his horse a track gallop where the grass would be good," Kent said.
"His foreman (Tom Daly) asked me and I said this (Geelong) was the best option. He (track manager Matt Mayor) has put water on it and it is a nice Dead 4 and they (the horses) really enjoyed it.
"It has been great for them to let us use it."