Anton's Aussie pair
By Adam Hamilton
ANTON Golino is feeling much better about life than he was a couple of day ago.
Now Golino’s two Harness Jewels runners are happily settled well at the All Stars’ Canterbury stables, the well-travelled head trainer for the huge Yabby Dams operation is actually looking forward to Saturday.
“It’s been a haul to get here when you consider these two (trotters) left Victoria last Wednesday and only got down to Christchurch Tuesday morning, but everything considered, I’m happy with them both,” he said.
“I trained them this morning and both pleased me, especially All Cashed Up, who really seems to have thrived through the trip.
“They are different types of horses, Majestic Player is a bit frail, a bit weak in the head if you like, while All Cashed Up seems to take everything in his stride.”
For the reasons above and the fact All Cashed Up has a front row draw, Golino lands to him as the best of his two chances.
“But, let me quickly add, if Majestic Player had drawn the front, with that gate speed of his, I’d would’ve been quite confident he’d give them something to catch, even though that’s a really strong field,” he said.
“Now, off the back row, he’s going to need a lot of luck. Especially with Sundees Son, who is absolutely flying, drawn so well.
“I still expect Majestic Player to run a race, but there’s no doubt it’s a big ask from the back row.”
So how serious a player can All Cashed Up be?
“The barrier draw and the sprint trip suit him,” Golino said. “He’s got good gate speed and I’m hoping it puts him in front or right up on the speed. I’m sure he’ll be competitive.
“I thought his (NSW) Derby run was terrific last time. He went out to the longer trip and it was made a lot harder when Caligula really attacked him and they went a 55sec first half in that race.
“A first half like that would be the undoing of most horses, but he still fought it out really well.”
More broadly, Golino said he was excited to be part of such an important day for the sport.
“I enjoyed the experience with Dance Craze and it’s a privilege to be part of races like these again with the two I’ve got this year,” he said.
“It’s exciting for me. It’s good for the farm and it’s good for Pat (Driscoll, Yabba Dams owner).”