IT would be reasonable to suggest three-year-old Mickeys House would be among the best-bred horses racing at Penrith Paceway tonight.
The gelding, sired by champion stallion Somebeachsomewhere, is out of the good-producing broodmare The White Mouse and is closely related to some former top performers, including his half-brother, Mouse In The House, who as a four-year-old, was a group one winner.
Bred in Parkes by the Dwyer family, clients of the Fitzpatrick stable paid $43,000 for Mickeys House at the 2018 Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Sydney and although he is yet to fulfil his full potential, the Paul Fitzpatrick-trained youngster will get his chance to return to the winner’s circle and also bring up his second career win tonight.
He will contest the Sinclair Ford 3-y-o Pace (Race 6) and has drawn ideally in gate three.
Mickeys House will be driven by his regular reinsman Gavin Fitzpatrick, who believes that he can run a much-improved race, pointing out that the horse had been devoid of luck at his past few starts and that the better draw would only aid his chances.
“Mickey has plenty of talent, but he has had his fair share of problems along the way,” said Fitzpatrick.
“He is starting to put it all together now so hopefully tonight he will go close to winning.”
Benevolence is another of the Fitzpatrick runners who has a winning chance tonight.
Engaged in the Penrith Wednesday Markets Pace (Race 3), the son of American Ideal is coming off a sixth placing at Penrith a week ago after chasing a fast speed (1.57.4) and was only beaten by eight metres.
Benevolence will be partnered by Sean Grayling, giving the gelding the advantage of a three-point claim, the young reinsman went close to winning on the horse on June 4.
“This bloke finished off strongly last time out and he has been racing well without winning,” said Fitzpatrick.
“Gate five does him little favours.
Still, if the speed is on early and he can slot into a suitable trail, he should be running on at the end and will be hard to hold out.
“Sean is a top young driver, who has come along in leaps and bounds.
“He has been driving in extra good form over the past month or so, as well.”
– MICHAEL DUMESNY