Court’s Star tipped for metro success after rediscovering form with a win on the Gold Coast

Jockey Anthony Allen rode Court's Star (far left) to victory in the Ultiqa Class 4 Handicap (1800m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday, November 26. Picture credit: Jessica Hawkins, Trackside Photography.

 

TRAINER John Wilcock says Court’s Star can win in Brisbane after rediscovering his form on the Gold Coast.

The five-year-old gelding won the ULTIQA Class 4 Handicap (1800m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday to take his record to four wins from 30 starts.

The win followed two disappointing results at Eagle Farm and Doomben.

Opting to go with jockey Anthony Allen, who has been on Court’s Star for all four wins, and put the blinkers on again paid off.

“I was very happy with him,” Gold Coast-based Wilcock said.

“He was ridden the way he should be ridden. He’s a horse that gets lost when he gets off the rails.

“The last couple of runs they have let him roll off the rails. The horses get around him and he gets field shy.

“If you don’t keep at him and keep riding him he drops out like he has been allowed to.

“Anthony Allen knows the horse inside out and knows the horse races best when he goes on the rail, leads and does his own thing.”

 

Jockey Anthony Allen (centre) rode Court’s Star to victory in the Ultiqa Class 4 Handicap (1800m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday, November 26. Pictured with trainer John Wilcock. Picture credit: Jessica Hawkins, Trackside Photography.

        

Wilcock first put the blinkers on Court’s Star after iconic jockey Hugh Bowman advised him to do so after riding him to third on the Gold Coast in June last year. Wilcock said Court’s Star could win in Brisbane and he is weighing up a potential race there in two weeks before eyeing a 2000m run in late December.

“I think he can win in a metropolitan area,” Wilcock said.

“He has drawn outside alleys on the last three runs in town so you’re using petrol getting across.

“If he can draw a good alley, jump in front and do his own thing he can win up there.”

Court’s Star is currently the 78-year-old’s only horse as he soon looks to finish a racing career that has spanned around 50 years.

“He is a family-owned horse,” Wilcock said.

“My daughter and son-in-law race him and I just train him. I’m not looking to build up a big team of horses.

“I’ll just poke around with one. When he finishes his time and if I’m healthy enough I’ll get another, but if not then this will probably be the last one.”

 

Story courtesy  Tom Boswell Gold Coast Bulletin

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