Apprentice jockey Matthew Cartwright says timing will be key to making Curran upset the Straight Six favorites at Flemington.
Curran will only look like the winner at the end of Saturday’s $ 160,000 Straight Six if rising star jockey apprentice Matthew Cartwright pulls it off.
With the fictional trio Front Page, It’sourtime and Ranting all drawn in the middle streets, 19-year-old Cartwright is happy to play the first spectator role aboard Curran before moving on to the winning contender.
“I’ll come back and be neutral with him, he better be a little colder,” Cartwright said.
“I rode it a little warmer and closer to Flemington’s 1200m, I think it needs to be driven a little bit colder, so I’ll do it.
“We hope he can get on the back of one of the first occasions and if he gives us a good trolley we can jump their backs and take them late.”
Curran, a $ 10 chance with TAB, caught attention first at Caulfield, attacking the line to finish third behind Extreme Warrior and It’sourtime.
The gelding finished second in an 800m jump from Caulfield from the first run last month.
Cartwright, keen to make up for two “not-so-great” steers on Curran at Flemington earlier when he was fifth both times in “messy” races last year, has driven a winner over the past three Saturdays.
“If I can give him a better turn and it’s a genuinely organized race, he’ll be late, for sure,” said Cartwright.
“He’s a horse that needs to get in, get in and out late … the only downside we have over the weekend is an internal barrier, but I think he’ll be fine, I just have to give him a good swerve to win.”
While straight races generally favor horses jumping off the center and side barriers of the grandstand, three of the last five straight Six winners have bounced off the gates one and two (twice).
Curran has already given Cartwright “the biggest thrills of my career,” so he fits perfectly with the gelding led by grandmother Lyn Tolson and mother Leonie Proctor who becomes his first stakes winner.
Co-trainers Tolson and Proctor caught Curran for $ 600 in an online auction on the advice of Cartwright, who rode the Night Of Thunder gelding to work for Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.
A top three finish on Saturday will see Curran reach the $ 400,000 prize.
Despite the extraordinary return on investment, Cartwright received no financial backlash.
“Pretty lucky to ride it,” Cartwright laughed.
“I wish I could (seeker’s fee) but they won’t pay it.
“Obviously it took him to win in town for the family and he finished third in a Group 2 in the spring, so he has been a great horse for me and I hope he can continue to be a good horse for me.
“It would be the biggest thrill of my career if he wins this weekend, has a good chance, so I hope he can do it for me and for the family.”
Cartwright, who scored twice last Saturday, has four “quality” rounds at Flemington, including the $ 4 favorites Flash Feeling and Defining at the start of the card.
Fluorescent star that doesn’t count
Amy Yargi is mouth watering for a surprise with Florescent Star in Saturday’s Listed Straight Six.
Talented mare Zoustar, who got a start on the field after Regardsmaree retired, solidified $ 41 into $ 26 on Friday.
Florescent Star raced twice at Flemington for a win and last start second behind the clever I Am Me.
“We’re not going there to mess, I can tell you,” Yargi said.
“She loves the Flemington straight, her last run was a bit unlucky there, she was held up and bumped around a bit, she still ran very well.
“She’s just a tiny dot (as far as size goes) but I can tell you she has a much bigger heart than her, she throws her body into play every single time, she has the will to win and she puts a lot of effort into it.
“You can’t teach a horse, either they have it or they don’t and she has it in abundance.”
Florescent Star has won four and seven places in 15 starts for Yargi, who trains in collaboration with her husband Ash.
Last year they came close to the winner of the first installment with I’m Telling Ya runner-up in the Straight Six behind $ 101 Romancer.
Romancer, who hasn’t won since then, has a $ 18 chance to come back.
Originally published as Young gun eager to make amends on Curran at Flemington as he pursues his first win up for grabs