2016 Wagga Cup Ideal for Adirondack

May 5th, 2016

Shawn Mathrick has been thrilled with the form displayed by latest stable acquisition Adirondack this time, and is confident the horse is poised for another big performance in Friday’s 2016 Listed Wagga Cup (2000m).

Adirondack is primed for a big performance in Friday's 2016 Wagga Cup. Photo: Jenny Barnes

Adirondack is primed for a big performance in Friday’s 2016 Wagga Cup. Photo: Jenny Barnes

Adirondack began his racing career in the Darley, turned Godolphin system in 2013 and has subsequently posted a commendable seven wins and six minors through a total of twenty-six competitive starts.

Mathrick purchased Adirondack at the Godolphin tried runners sale at the conclusion of his 2015 campaign, and believes his change to lifestyle upon arriving at Cranbourne is the reason he has found arguably career-best form this time.

“He was a steal,” Mathrick told AAP.

“Before we bought him I had a look at his form and he’d shown ability but for some reason just wasn’t performing and trained off.

“My old man always said good horses don’t lose their ability, just form.

“I just think coming to a paddock environment at Cranbourne, free range when he can kick about in a big yard has made the difference. His mind is relaxed.”

Ending his Godolphin tenure fifth in the McGrath Estate Agents Victoria BM71 (1600m) in November, Adirondack immediately impressed upon debuting for Mathrick with success in the Think Pink Raceday BM64 (1200m) on January 21st this year.

Running sixth in the Mal Seccull BM78 (1600m) on February 6th, the Lonhro gelding progressed to fourth in the Schweppes BM78 (1800m) before taking out the Le Pine Funerals BM70 (1800m) on February 24th.

Justifying a trip to South Australia with a strong performance for success in the Mitty’s BM70 (1800m) on March 5th, Adirondack was unlucky to finish second in the Stony Creek Cup (2100m) following a tough run in transit on March 13th and was again held up in the late stages of the Bill Collins BM78 (2400m) when sixth at Caulfield on March 26th.

Undoubtedly producing a career-best performance to date last time out however, Adirondack mustered a scintillating turn of foot to win the Gold Heath (2000m) by more than five lengths on April 16th.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 Wagga Cup odds, for which Adirondack can be taken at a quote of $4.20 for success.