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Richards happy to have a throw at the stumps in Group 1

2 weeks ago

Three-year-old Gytrash may be in Saturday's Group 1 The Goodwood poorly off at the weights, but that has dampened the confidence of his trainer Gordon Richards.

Gytrash boasts a handicap rating of just 83 and will carry 53kg in the $750,000 sprint feature, while dual topweights, classy mares Booker and Spright will shoulder 56.5kg.

Richards conceded he was reluctant to throw his lightly-raced three-year-old in the deep end, but now that he has, he's happy with his decision.

"I was never going to go (run him), being a three-year-old against the older horses… the race, while it's still pretty strong, it's probably not as strong as you would expect for a Goodwood," Richards told Racing.com.

"He's switched on now, (Tuesday) morning he went onto the track leaping through the air and he came off leaping through the air after a good gallop, so he's spot on.

"He's only an 83 and he meets some other horses pretty close, only 3.5 kilos below the topweight, but he doesn't know that so we'll thrown him in.

Gytrash – one of a trio of three three-year-olds in The Goodwood – strung two wins together before running third behind Valour Road in the G2 Euclase Stakes last time out.

"He showed the other day that he's still probably a preparation away from his best," said Richards.

The Morphettville trainer believes last start G1 TAB Stakes winner Spright is the one to beat.

"Spright looks to be head and shoulders above them, especially on the weights, but things go wrong in a race and we're hoping we get a bit of luck," he said.

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