QUEENSLAND star Colt Thirty One is a short priced favourite to bounce back strongly from last weekend’s ‘hiccup’.
Part of the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship field at Tabcorp Park Melton, Colt Thirty One galloped at the start and took no part in the race as Ride High registered a gripping comeback win.
Unsure why the son of Mach Three elected to go off stride in the Group Two, trainer Grant Dixon expects Colt Thirty One to be at his best when he returns to the same venue on Friday night.
“I can’t find a reason why he galloped on Saturday night,” Dixon said. “For whatever reason he broke stride at that crucial point and didn’t play a role in the race.
“The main thing is he’s come through it without harm and is ready to go around again.
“He trialled on Monday night and went exactly how he is expected to go.”
This time around the stallion will contest the Popular Alm Free-For-All where he has drawn the outside of the second row due to his ODM status.
TAB Fixed Odds markets have the five-year-old at $1.65 despite the draw.
“He has been working as good as ever and is ready to go,” Dixon said. “All I can do is put Saturday night down as a hiccup and expect him to be back to his best again on Friday night.”
Dixon will also be represented by Tennyson Bromac, which isn’t ODM like his stablemate, but has still drawn the back row.
In fact, Dixon’s pair are the only two runners on the second line!
“Tennyson Bromac has been racing well without any luck down here,” Dixon said. “Luck is exactly what he is going to need again from that draw.
“Of he happens to get a bit of luck go his way he will let them know he is there.”