Jack Milner: Trainer Louis Goosen says Trip Tease’s withdrawal at the start from his last engagement at Kenilworth could well be detrimental to the horse’s chances in the R1-million Betting World Cape Flying Championship over 1000m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Trip Tease was due to run in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1000m on 9 January as his main preparation outing for Saturday’s Grade 1 race, but cut his nose on the gate and was withdrawn by the vet.
“That race was very important,” said Goosen. “When that run is part of your planning and then it doesn’t happen it affects his preparation a lot. To miss that race was a big disappointment and it has left us with a big challenge to get him to his peak in time.”
To make matters worse, Trip Tease was blamed for the problems at the start that day and his starting stall certificate was withdrawn. “He had to be recertified, so last Wednesday morning I had to take him and a companion to go through the stalls.”
This will be the second time Trip Tease has gone to Cape Town for the Cape Flying Championship. On the last occasion he finished fifth, just 2.75 lengths behind Alboran Sea.
“Last year we had to rush him down at the last minute because there was an outbreak of African Horse Sickness. He was on the road for 19 hours and then raced. Deon Sampson rode him and when he saw the horse prick his ears he let him go and the horse over-raced,” explained Goosen.
“This time I brought him down well ahead of the race so he could acclimatise. Of course, we were sorry to lose out on that run because you expect that race to bring him on to a certain point.
“But we just have to deal with it and move on. He is very well and if you are going to race fresh and win it is more likely to happen over 1000m than 3200m.”
Piere Strydom will ride the son of Trippi.