ASTUTE horseman Kent Rattray admits to feeling apprehensive about Sunny Sanz ahead of Sunday night’s Launceston program.
Unbeaten from three starts last season, Sunny Sanz is first-up since scoring in Launceston on April 15, 2018.
The exciting son of Sportswriter was sidelined after injuring his suspensory in his off-side front leg.
“He did a suspensory right behind his knee,” Rattray said. “It was a disappointing blow as I felt like we left a lot of money on the table last season.
“It appears to be ok now but with those kinds of things you don’t really know.
“He has done all his work and seems really sound. I gave him a bit longer to get ready than the average horse, so he has had plenty of ground work.
“Now we’ll roll around and see how he goes.”
Trialling impressively a fortnight ago, Sunny Sanz is a short-priced favourite from barrier five over 1680 metres.
“It wouldn’t usually be considered a good draw, but it is only a small field, so no matter where he settles he will only be a couple of lengths off the leader,” Rattray said.
“I’d say he is forward enough to win first-up and now it’s a matter of him being able to go on with it.
“He is a very nice horse when he is going right.”
Hoping the three-year-old can make his way through the grades this preparation, Rattray has earmarked the Globe Derby series as Sunny Sanz’ main target.
The Tasbred feature is scheduled to be conducted in July, with the Final to be staged in Launceston on the 21st.
“All being equal he will have a couple of runs before the Globe Derby,” Rattray said. “With a few runs under his belt he will be in perfect shape for the series.”