Pride eyes next step for Craftiness

January 06, 2015 11:59:48 UK

Trainer Joe Pride has revealed his Group 1 ambitions for Craftiness as the gelding continues to race through his classes in winning style.

The four-year-old sprinter racked up his fourth straight win and his fifth from six starts at Saturday’s Rosehill meeting and Pride has now nominated Brisbane’s most prestigious race, the Stradbroke Handicap in June, as a target.

Craftiness was hot favourite in the (1100m) and lived up to the billing as he came out of the barriers in front and stayed there with Blake Shinn riding a controlled race.

The gelding kicked in the straight to put 2-1/2 lengths on Mihiri with Tahitian Black another half length third.

“It was a really good win. I think probably better than the other day and another step up in grade,” Pride said.

“I think he’ll run a nice 1400 (metres).”

To win this year’s Stradbroke, Craftiness will only have to run 1350 metres with the race at Doomben while Eagle Farm is undergoing renovations.

Shinn, who has ridden Craftiness to four of his wins including his first when he was trained by the late Guy Walter, said the gelding kept improving.

“He was awesome today,” he after the race. “He paraded better and was more focused and in control.

“I’m excited about him.”

Meanwhile, Cast In Stone can be backed at 3.50 fixed win in Race 1 at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, while Roaming Around is available at 12.00.

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