The unlikely combination of master horseman Frank Maynard and Victorian jockey Danny Brereton is poised to claim the Group 2 $500,000 Go For 2&5-Karrakatta Plate (1200m) with speedy colt Kid Choisir at Ascot this Saturday.
Maynard, gunning for a third Karrakatta Plate triumph, booked the heavyweight Brereton after regular rider Paul Harvey received a 16-day careless riding suspension at Ascot on Wednesday April 18.
Kid Choisir, a $40,000 yearling purchase, was installed nominal Karrakatta Plate favourite immediately following his effortless all-the-way Supremacy Stakes (listed, 1100m) victory on debut at Ascot on February 28.
The boom surrounding the son of former international sprint star Choisir was lowered somewhat after his second placing — as a $1.60 favourite — behind the unbeaten Wolfe Dreams in the Perth Stakes (listed, 1100m) at Ascot last Saturday week, when ridden with a sit after being slow out.
Despite the upset punters were quick to install Kid Choisir a $3.60 Karrakatta Plate favourite after he drew perfectly in barrier two, obviously of the belief “The Kid” would be able to lead, dictate and win.
Maynard, who originally had two runners but was forced to scratch Thorn Dancer, previously won the Karrakatta Plate with Burgess Queen (1976) and Parlez Doux (1987). The Maynard–
trained Paklani was first past the post in 1989 but lost the race after returning a positive swab.
The 45-year-old Brereton — whose biggest success in the saddle was aboard Knowledge in the 1997 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes — has had one of his best 12 months of his career,riding 80 winners including the Group 2 Schweppes Stakes and Carlyon Stakes aboard top sprinter Lucky Secret.
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