Trainer Mitch Beer believes he’s got the forgotten horse of Saturday’s $1.3 million The Kosciuszko at Randwick and hopes his contender Redouble can provide his stable with a well earned reward after a turbulent 2020.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused huge issues for sport across the globe this year and the racing industry has been no different with stables stationed on the borders in Australia copping it among the worst.
Beer is based out of Albury and like many of his country counterparts, the young horseman has had to endure several headaches with border closures impacting both his horses and his staff.
He was in a grey-area with horses stranded on the other side of state lines while many of his staff lived on the Victorian side of the border in neighbouring Wodonga and were forced to set up shop at his stable.
His stable – and the sport as a whole – looks to have now got through the worst of the pandemic.
Redouble (blue) will lead Mitch Beer’s The Kosciuszko assault. Picture: GLENN HUNT/AAP IMAGESource:AAP
It comes as Beer chases his biggest ever win on Sydney’s The Everest day with Redouble in the lucrative country feature.
“It’s been a rollercoaster to this point for sure. January feels like three years ago,” Beer said.
“Everyone has done a fantastic job and hopefully they will be rewarded on Saturday in The Kosciuszko.
“I think he really is the forgotten horse in the race.
“He hasn’t had to prove himself to perform at this sort of level and in fact, he meets the best of the country gallopers, but hasn’t raced out of Saturday or black type level for the best part of two years.
“He ran second to Vega One in a Magic Millions this year which is pretty good form.”
Redouble is rated a $26 outsider with TAB.com.au for Saturday’s race where he will be ridden by Tommy Berry.
Redouble was previously trained by Bjorn Baker in Sydney before joining Beer’s stable in July with The Kosciuszko in mind.
Handle the Truth won The Kosciuszko last year. Photo: Matt King/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The son of Redoute’s Choice is now a seven-year-old but Beer is confident he’s got plenty left to give after taking to his new surrounds outside of the big city.
“He is a funny old horse. He walks around like an unraced two-year-old,” Beer said.
“He is a big, gawky sort of horse. His two trials have been good.
“Against moderate opposition he has done it easy for a horse of his rating and calibre.
“He galloped here between races one and two at Albury on Saturday and it was pretty awesome.
“He is sound for an older horse and probably the most important thing, his mind is great.”
For Beer, Saturday’s The Kosciuszko will be among the highlights of his fledgling young career.
“I moved to Albury with three things in mind – the TAB Highway, the Country Championships and The Kosciuszko,” Beer said.
“We won the Country Championships heat here, we won a couple of Highways and this is the pinnacle of it all.
“To have only been here two years and cross those things off on Saturday is going to be terrific.”
Originally published asThe ‘forgotten horse’ of this year’s Kosciuszko
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