A poor weather forecast convinced Gai Waterhouse to test promising jumper Goodwood Zodiac against the best hurdlers in training in Wednesday’s Galleywood Hurdle at Warrnambool.
Goodwood Zodiac left a huge impression when blitzing his opposition by 30 lengths at his jumps debut at Pakenham on April 14. The gelding then easily won a jumps trial at Warrnambool on April 24.
Waterhouse nominated Goodwood Zodiac for both the Galleywood Hurdle and the $50,000 Champion Novice Hurdle (3200m) on Thursday but decided to tackle the tougher option with the import.
Goodwood Zodiac has struggled on good tracks in the past so a forecast of up to 10mm of rain on Wednesday is likely to leave the track bordering on heavy.
Waterhouse, who trains Goodwood Zodiac in partnership with Adrian Bott, said the stayer struggled over the flat in Australia but could prove himself one of the country’s best over jumps.
“He just might be a superstar over the jumps,” Waterhouse said.
“He’s an extremely exciting jumper.
“Goodwood is just so determined; he rolls up his sleeves and he gets on with the job.”…
Shane Jackson will stick Goodwood Zodiac again in the Galleywood Hurdle.
Article written by Brad Waters.