Falino on trial for Sydney trip at Doomben
Smart galloper Falino will have to prove his first-up win was no fluke before he earns a trip to Sydney.
Falino surprised his connections when he came from near-last to win a 1000m open handicap at Eagle Farm on August 9.
It was his first start since November when he was well beaten in the Recognition Stakes over 1600m.
Falino has always had a reputation as a talented horse and won four of his first eight starts including the Group Three BTC Classic when trained by Jeff Caught.
He subsequently had a wind operation and was transferred to trainer Darren Bell who has won two races with him.
Falino showed his best form when he unleashed a withering burst to score at Eagle Farm two weeks ago.
“It really wasn’t expected, I thought they would be way too sharp for him,” Bell said.
“He had only had a jump out a couple of weeks before his last-start win and I just thought they would run him off his feet.”
However, Bell wants to see Falino repeat that effort before he makes concrete plans.
“I have been pleased with him this week but let us just see how he goes on Saturday before we get too excited,” he said.
Bell pointed out Falino had a few things against him in Saturday’s race and has only been placed once in five second-up starts.
“And if it rains he won’t be running if the track gets too heavy,” Bell said.
Bell has discussed the possibility of a Sydney trip with Falino’s owners, former bookmakers Fred Lansky and his son Trevor.
“They are also happy to let the horse tell us if he is ready for Sydney,” Bell said.
Apprentice Geoff Goold will ride Falino in Saturday’s The Queensland X-Ray Open Handicap (1200m).