DESPITE having not raced for more than two months, local trainer Neville Layt believes One More Grand will run a “very bold” race when he returns to the track this weekend in the 1000m Thunderbolt Handicap.
One More Grand has come back from a spell ten times and has only placed on two occasions first up.
Regardless, Layt believes his horse has done everything that has been asked of him in an extended preparation and will be ready to fire on Sunday.
Layt’s horse stands above the rest of the field in terms of experience and success having won upwards of $400,000 prize money over his four-year career.
“One More Grand speaks for himself; he always stands up and gets counted… he has got to be the class horse of the race,” Layt said.
“The 1000m might normally be a bit too short for him, but being fresh it’s the ideal race… I expect big things of him this time around.”
The last two years have produced some indifferent results for the six-year-old but Layt believes his horse is getting close to the form that saw him win two high quality metropolitan races in 2010.
“As a two-year-old and as an early three-year-old he was doing everything right but he went through a period there as a three-year-old where he didn’t fire at all,” Layt said
“Ever since he was a four-year-old he has just gone onwards all the time. He’s only a six-year-old now and I think he has matured into a really nice horse.”
Worth $25,000, the Thunderbolt is the premier sprint race on the Queanbeyan racing calendar.
Along with One More Grand, fellow Queanbeyan trainer Garry Clarke’s Oh So Adorable
And as the final race on Queanbeyan Cup day, The Thunderbolt is the final race on the card and with a relatively even field assembled the sprint should make for an exciting finale to the day.