Gun Case yet to confirm potential but ready to fire at Doomben on Saturday
VETERAN jockey Glen Colless has never been one to make big statements.
The unflappable Gold Coast hoop has been in the game long enough to know it’s easy to get carried away.
In true Colless style, he wants to see Gun Case ‘progress through his grades’ before putting a label on the recent maiden winner.
But he did let a little hint away when he couldn’t recall the last time he was this excited about riding a horse.
“I very rarely get excited about them because you’ve got them one day and haven’t the next,” Colless said.
“I think we are too quick to label them these days and I just want to see him go through his grades first.
“But these horses don’t come around often – and I haven’t been this excited about a horse for at least a couple of years.”
Gun Case’s potential can be highlighted by his $1.80 quote for Saturday’s no metropolitan handicap (1200m) at Doomben.
The odds-on price comes despite the four-year-old’s only win coming in a 1000m Coffs Harbour maiden on August 7.
He started at $1.14 that day and won by 3¼-lengths untouched and Colless said the first-up victory was even better than it looked.
“He got in an awkward spot at Coffs and I was third back the fence locked away and coming around the corner I was held up a touch and I probably had to give up three lengths (to get out),” he said.
“But when I asked him to let down he gathered them up in a stride really.
“I don’t know how good he will be and I hate giving them too much of a wrap.
“We will get more of a guide on him on Saturday.”
Gun Case showed he had a future when running fifth to subsequent Group 1 winner Cosmic Endeavour on debut in a benchmark 80 at Rosehill in March.
But with just two race starts next to his name, even trainer Liam Birchley is in the dark about where he will end up.
“He gives me the feeling he is a (Group horse in the making) but because he has had a few small issues along the way I’ve never really given him full bore on the track,” he said.
“It’s meant I haven’t got to see what you usually see when you are getting them ready for a race.
“Because of that you hold back a bit and see what happens on race day and what we’ve seen so far has been really good.
“The thing I am most excited about is how far he will run and his sire (War Pass) was a miler.
“If he can get to a mile with the turn of foot he has got then he is going to be well above average.”
Birchley knows Gun Case will have his knockers.
Even he admits there are plenty of reasons not to take the odds-on price.
But Birchley is upbeat he will prove his doubters wrong.
“In a lot of ways you could find a reason to pot him,” he said.
“I’m sure a lot of people will say he hasn’t run for a little while and he is going to 1200m for the first time and he is not proven in this company yet.
“He has still got it all to do but hopefully it’s just a step along the way.”
Story courtesy Brad Davidson Gold Coast Bulletin http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/gun-case-yet-to-confirm-potential-but-ready-to-fire-at-doomben-on-saturday/story-fnii0mrv-1227033127942