HAVING just completed a successful initiation to Grand Circuit racing, rising star Let It Ride has been aimed at harness racing’s “holy grail”.
Winner of The Blacks A Fake at Albion Park just moments ago, Let It Ride has been placed on the Inter Dominion trail by trainer Tim Butt.
With the series set to be conducted in Victoria in December, Let It Ride’s preparation will include “a month to six weeks off”.
“He will have a spell now, then I’ll be getting him ready for the Inter Dominion in Melbourne later in the year,” Butt said. “He is a nice horse still on the way up and there is no reason why he won’t come back better again after a break.
“I’ll give him a month to six weeks off, then find the right races heading into the Inter Dominion.”
Making the trip across from New Zealand to partner the son of Rock N Roll Heaven, Dexter Dunn produced a faultless drive in the Group One.
After finding the front from barrier three, Dunn elected to relinquish the front to Atomic Red during the middle stages.
Angled into the clear on the home turn, Let It Ride sprinted to an effortless 13-and-a-half metre win from the front runner, with Alleluia six-and-a-half metres away third.
“He had a great run, but he’s also in a zone and just did it so easily,” Butt said. “He just jogged it in at the end.
“I’m definitely glad now I made the decision to put him in this instead of the four-year-old race.
“He’s won his last six starts now and it’s a terrific way to finish his season.”
While Let It Ride was receiving all the accolades, his stablemate, My Field Marshal, disappointed by finishing towards the tail of the field.
“Marshal seems well within himself, but was disappointing,” Butt said. “He has just come to the end of a long season.
“He won’t be going in the Inter Dominion, so he’ll have a longer break and get ready for the summer races, just like this season.”