A call made in September may lead to Double You Tee going one higher than final yr’s slender defeat in Saturday’s $500,000 Ballarat Cup.
Double You Tee fell a half-head wanting successful final yr’s Ballarat Cup on the finish of an extended spring that took in eight runs, together with runs at Caulfield and The Valley on the peak spring conferences.
However, trainer Patrick Payne determined to give Double You Tee a brief break with the Ballarat Cup in thoughts after the trustworthy gelding completed fifth in a 2500m race at Flemington in September.
Double You Tee practically fell in that race. Payne mentioned the stayer took no hurt from the incident however he determined to bypass Melbourne Cup qualifying races to goal the Ballarat Cup.
“What we had been attempting to do is step across the spring to preserve some recent legs in him,” Payne mentioned.
“I’m not saying he’s adequate to win on Saturday however I’m hoping that may maintain him in good stead.
“We’ve tried not to put on him out in the great races, and I didn’t assume he was adequate to win them anyway.”
Billy Egan will trip Double You Tee in the Ballarat Cup. Photo: George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos by way of -.
Double You Tee was additionally narrowly overwhelmed in final yr’s Kyneton Cup. The son of Written Tycoon confirmed he was going in addition to final yr when overwhelmed a head in the 2020 Kyneton Cup on November 4.
Payne has gone for the blinkers on Double You Tee on Saturday in a bid to discover the small margin he wants to document a breakthrough win.
“We’ve put blinkers on him. He’s labored nicely in them however I don’t assume they are going to be any miracles however he solely acquired overwhelmed a pimple final yr,” Payne mentioned.
“If he finds a neck, that can be improbable.”
Payne’s common secure rider Billy Egan can be aboard Double You Tee at Ballarat.
Double You Tee has drawn barrier 16 however Payne mentioned the gate mattered little to his cost, who naturally races in the second half of the sphere.
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