Knight has good mail on Forbury trio
By Jonny Turner
Roxburgh trainers Geoff and Jude Knight have already delivered this week, now it is their stable’s turn.
The couple line up three pacers from their smaller racing team at Forbury Park on Thursday night.
The Knights have made changes to their training business after recently becoming rural mail contractors.
Mixing their deliveries with training horses seems to be working, judging by their horses’ recent form.
Candidasa will be out to cap his excellent recent efforts in race 10.
The four-year-old went a big race in his last start at Forbury Park, when running second after sitting parked for the final lap.
“He is probably in a harder race, but he went a really good race last week, when he was parked out,” Geoff Knight said.
Candidasa has been able to lift his game during the autumn after being treated for a soreness issue.
“He had soreness issues in his stifles and we had them treated.”
“Now that he is not feeling anything, he is double the horse.”
“He is still quite weak, so, we reckon next year he could be quite a nice horse, without being top class.”
The Knight stable have a two-pronged attack on race 9, with Jacks N Jazz and Fiery Ferret.
Jacks N Jazz also ran second at the track last week and looks a good chance of going one better in this week’s standing start event.
“He has only got to go a similar sort of race to the one he went last week and he will be in the hunt."
“And he is good from a stand, too.”
Jacks N Jazz came out and ran his bold second placing just three days after going an absolute shocker on a wet grass track at Wingatui.
Knight said that once his pacer lost his confidence after slipping, he was a non-factor in Monday’s race.
“He likes the grass, but he slipped that day at Wingatui.”
“He wears such a long hopple that once he galloped there was no chance of him getting back down again.”
Fiery Ferret ran eighth at last week’s Forbury Park meeting, but was only beaten three and a half lengths.
“He raced really well last week even though he only ran eighth.”
“It was a good run because he hadn’t had a run for a month, he will be a big improver.”
“And the stand won’t worry him.”