Paceman to open attack with Pride

Paceman to open attack with Pride

JOE Pride isn’t looking too far into the future with former boom youngster Paceman as he makes his debut for the trainer at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Paceman was one of the early favourites for this year’s Golden Slipper when he burst onto the scene just over a year ago but didn’t go on in the autumn, finishing unplaced in his two subsequent starts.

It was back at Rosehill on November 15 last year when Paceman reeled off a last 600m in 33.44 sec, a sectional that suggested he was well above average.

Trainer Joe Pride. Picture: Mark Evans

Trainer Joe Pride. Picture: Mark EvansSource:News Corp Australia

There have been a few significant changes since then.

Pride has taken over as trainer from the Snowden team and Paceman has undergone what many see as the most significant gear change — he’s been gelded.

And having overcome some minor issues, the trainer is starting from scratch with the now three-year-old, although he admits watching the replay of his debut win is impressive viewing.

“He went really well at his first start in a race, watching that video looks pretty good’’, Pride said.

“He was a promising two-year-old and hopefully he trains on to be a good three-year-old.’’

Paceman returns in the TAB More Than Winning Handicap (1100m) and it’s a race Pride had earmarked basically from when he walked into the stable.

Much like he’s done with his star sprinters Terravista, Ball Of Muscle and Tiger Tees, Paceman will be getting a standard Pride preparation — go through the grades and earn your way into the better races.

“I got onto this race pretty early and gave him the trials to match up with it’’, he said.

“It looks like a perfect race for him to resume in but it looks a strong field.

“He’s a gelding and we’ll try and win as many races as we can. He’s a pretty sharp horse around the place, I’m happy with him and he will be hard to beat I’m sure.’’

The opposition Pride alluded to includes Godolphin colt Badajoz, who was runner-up in Group 3 company in Adelaide at his last start and contested the same trial as Paceman at Warwick Farm on November 9, plus five last-start winners among his seven rivals.

Pride is scratching his head a bit with the recent form of usually honest mare Chosen Prayer who tackles the Ranvet Handicap (1550m) on Wednesday afternoon.

Aside from a Class 2 win at Gosford three starts back the four-year-old has been out of sorts but she does drop in grade on her last start 11th at Randwick on Melbourne Cup Day.

Joshua Parr returns to scale aboard Paceman when successful last year. Picture: Simon Bullard

Joshua Parr returns to scale aboard Paceman when successful last year. Picture: Simon BullardSource:Supplied

“She hasn’t really hit the same form as she had last preparation’’, Pride said.

“She won at Gosford but she was a genuine city horse last time, she’s been a bit disappointing.’’

The trainer is much more upbeat about the chances of Ammirata as she kicks off her preparation in the Tab.com.au Handicap (1250m).

It happens to be the last race at Canterbury and that will be significant for punters that follow the ‘Joe Pride in the last’ system — put simply, Pride seems to have an uncanny ability of winning the last race when he has a runner.

In all seriousness, Pride said he has plenty of time for Ammirata, who has won two of her seven starts.

“I’m expecting a good run first-up’’, Pride said.

“She won well at Newcastle first-up last time, she’s very consistent and very honest.’’

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