Inn Keeper ready for next test
Trainer Symon Wilde will find out just how good Inn Keeper is when the sprinter is tested for the first time at stakes level at Caulfield on Saturday.
Inn Keeper has picked up four consecutive wins, but apart from a comfortable win at Warrnambool in May, he never wins by much, and Wilde says it is difficult to gauge his talent level.
"I think he is an unusual horse, because apart from that win at Warrnambool he only ever does what he has to do to win," Wilde said.
"A lot of his wins have been by really narrow margins and even in his maiden, he fell in.
"He just seems to do enough to get the job done, so from my perspective it has been a bit hard to get an idea of just how talented he is."
Wilde will get a much clearer picture when Inn Keeper lines up against seven rivals, including talented Ciaron Maher colt Jukebox, in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m).
Wilde says Inn Keeper, which has drawn barrier one, would prefer it wet but a good track wouldn't be the end of his hopes.
"I can't hide him away forever to run on a soft track," Wilde said. "It doesn't need to be significantly rain affected for him to show his best, he just wants something he can get his toe into.
"He just doesn't really enjoy training and racing on really firm tracks.
"He probably doesn't get into this race too well at weight-for-age conditions, but he has drawn barrier one and is a four-year-old at the peak of his powers.
"I, like everyone else, will have a better idea about him and his potential future after Saturday."
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