Monsieur Gustave to prove first-up win no fluke
FLYING first-up winner Monsieur Gustave is poised to show his cavalier Sunshine Coast display was no fluke when he takes on tougher rivals at Doomben on Saturday.
Trainer Daryl Hansen, who inherited the horse off Jason McLachlan last time in work, said the son of Al Maher was a far stronger horse this campaign and he wasn’t surprised at what unfolded first up.
Monsieur Gustave was heavily backed to beat odds-on favourite Renesmee at Caloundra on August 14 and after taking control early, increased his lead with every stride in the straight, clocking up a nine lengths winning margin.
“On his trial, where we gave him a 1000m jumpout on the Cushion track here, the way he won that, even though he beat maidens, was the same way he won the race,” Hansen said.
“So going into a Class 1 we thought he would be hard to beat if he ran up to that jumpout.
“This is a far tougher test for him and we’ll know where we’re heading with him after this.
“The extra distance shouldn’t be a problem. He found the line strongly over 1400m last time in. He’s a horse that can settle and he certainly doesn’t have to lead.”
Hansen is still waiting a decision from the Racing Disciplinary Board on his appeal against a nine-month ban relating to a TC02 test on How Can I Help, who ran fifth at Ipswich on August 14 last year.
He has been training on a stay of proceedings since last October. Originally it had been hoped a decision would be handed down in December last year, but with more submissions made it has now dragged out beyond a year.
The key to Hansen’s case is how the RDB rules on the horse’s B sample, which returned a lower reading than the A sample.
How Can I Help returned a total TCO2 A sample of 37.4 millimoles per litre in plasma, but the horse’s B sample came back at 36.5, which is within a 1mm variant of the 36mm limit.
Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Brisbane Courier Mail