Highly Desired is one of those horses that falls into the “you’d like to own him” category because you know every race that he’s going to give 100 percent.
The seven-year-old has won eight of his 42 starts and will likely have no better chance of a city win than in Wednesday’s Vinery Yearlings Handicap (1600m) at Warwick Farm.
So far in his career he has won at Nowra, Muswellbrook, Orange, Mudgee, Coonabarabran and three times at Goulburn. He has recorded three second-place finishes in the metro area this season.
The latest of these came on his last start, where he led in a 1400m benchmark 72 at the Kensington course but only found the in-form Brimstone chasing him down the straight, a little slippery for him on soft ground at the shorter ride.
In typical fashion, he fought hard and kept the rest easy. In his favor at Warwick Farm is the increase in proving ground driving which will bring his steadfastness into play and he loses 1.5kg after claiming leading apprentice Tyler Schiller.
He will likely try to lead his own race and run at the front, but has also proven effective when sitting outside a leader and applying the pressure off the corner. In both scenarios, it’s well-placed to make a big sight.
Godolphin filly Glittery has her chance to fight back after a second miss in the Earthlight @ Darley Handicap (1100m) on wet ground.
She was an easy fresh winner in May, comfortably beating two subsequent winners in Deep Romance and Po Kare Kare on a soft 7 stretch in Kensington.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/highly-desirable-gelding-out-to-put-owners-on-cloud-nine-20220712-p5b112.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Highly coveted chases win #9 Vinery Yearlings Handicap