Trainer has confidence in `Henry'

SIX-YEAR-OLD stallion Spy Wears Prado never runs a bad race, according to trainer Dianne Ray-Luttrell.

Laying low at his Longford stables yesterday, the locally-trained thoroughbred looked cool, calm and collected ahead of his tilt at the Longford Cup.

He will be one of seven starters in the main race of the iconic regional race day. 

Ray-Luttrell said she was quietly confident for a strong result in the race.

``I think he's a good chance,'' she said.

``He's drawn the first barrier, and has placed well over 1600 metres in previous races. This 1800-metre race will be a good challenge for him.''

Spy Wears Prado will be ridden by apprentice jockey Rasit Yetimova; their partnership proved successful at several race meetings in 2013.

Ray-Luttrell said rival The Producer was racing in career-best form, and was sure to be one of the horses to beat.

``Our approach to the race will be simple,'' she said.

``We don't want to lead. We'd rather have some cover, and come home with a big bursting finish.''

Ray-Luttrell has trained Spy Wears Prado _ or Henry, as she calls him _ since she broke him in as a two-year-old.

``He's a great horse to have around,'' she said.

``You just know he's going to try all the time.''

Ray-Luttrell said after a long winter campaign, the Longford Cup would be Spy Wears Prado's last race before he is able to enjoy a restful couple of months out in the paddock.

``He'll have about three months off, and come back in plenty of time for winter in 2014,'' she said.

Ray-Luttrell said winning the race would mean more than just receiving a ``big fat cheque''.

``It would be fantastic to do well,'' she said.

``It'd be great for Henry's owners and all of their connections if he wins. They really deserve it.''


WHAT: Longford Cup.

WHEN: Today. 

WHERE: Longford Racecourse, Anstey Street, Longford.

ENTRY: Adult $15 and concession $8.

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