ALTHOUGH he isn’t expecting a “big things” to happen, astute trainer Joe Pace is looking forward to Saturday night’s Geelong Cup.
Pace will contest the Group Two with Forty Thieves, which is stepping up in grade.
Racing in solid form, the son of Christian Cullen has won two of his last three starts, including breaking his metropolitan maiden a fortnight ago.
Confident Forty Thieves is capable of capturing a country cup, Pace feels this weekend’s feature is “a good test.”
“I’m not going out there expecting big things, but his confidence it up and this will be a good test for him,” Pace said.
“On paper the field doesn’t look that strong, but in saying that, there are a couple of horses which do go well.
“If he can weigh in I will be more than happy.
“I do think he can win a country cup as the season goes along, but whether that is Saturday night or one of the weaker assessed cups we’ll have to wait and see.”
To be driven by Pace, Forty Thieves has drawn the middle of the second row, which could result in the six-year-old settling in a prominent position according to the horseman.
“He follows out Tee Cee Bee Macray, which can begin quickly,” Pace said. “If he comes out fast and we can follow him through, it could turn out to be a handy draw.
“The second line is never ideal, but it is better than drawing the outside of the front row.
“The distance will suit him as he doesn’t mind the longer trip and if they start running along at steady quarters he will love it.”