Caulfield trainer Gemma Rielly with 2021 Victoria Derby hopes for Claidheamh Mor
Does the concept of good karma extend into racing?
Could a good deed bring a big win for a trainer trying to build a stable?
Caulfield trainer Gemma Rielly and her Victoria Derby hope Claidheamh Mor could test the idea during the spring.
Rielly built up some good karma when she found a hungry horse in a paddock near a road in northern Victoria last week.
She sourced some food for the horse before raising the horse’s plight with the RSPCA and Racing Victoria for further action.
Perhaps Rielly’s good deed could herald the start of the road to Flemington on October 30 with a promising three-year-old.
Claidheamh Mor, a Scottish Gaelic term meaning ‘great sword’ showed ability in his first two starts.
The son of Dundeel finished two lengths from the winner at his latest run over 1400m at Flemington on June 19.
Claidheamh Mor tackled the same Flemington race that started the career of last year’s Derby winner Johnny Get Angry.
“I’m going to have a good crack at getting him to those three-year-old staying races because he’s a genuine stayer,” Rielly said.
Johnny Get Angry graduated from a midwinter race at Flemington to glory in the 2020 Victoria Derby at Flemington. Pictures: Getty Images for the VRC.Source:Getty Images
Rielly knows spring three-year-olds have a tough task to make the gruelling Victoria Derby over 2500m but said Claidheamh Mor had the qualities to handle the workload.
“It’s very hard for a three-year-old to stand up to that pressure and those distances at this time of the year, especially when they’re still only two really,” Rielly said.
“We’ve always had a big opinion of him and just all the pressure he can withstand and how much work he can cop, he just loves it.
“He’s always ready to party. He’s an Energizer bunny and just so bloody tough.
“He was quite a naughty colt so now he’s a gelding. He’s still a bit hard to handle but I’ve ridden him in a few gallops myself and he goes very well.”
Rielly said Claidheamh Mor would resume in a 1400m maiden in September before embarking on his Derby campaign.
“He’ll likely kick off in a 1400m maiden then probably straight into the Super Impose (Stakes at Flemington) if I can,” Rielly said.
“After the Super Impose, the Geelong (Classic) Derby Trial looks a nice race for him.
“If he makes it to the Derby, he makes it to the Derby.”
Originally published asDeed could bring Victoria Derby karma for Mor
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