Pakenham trainer Phillip Stokes will take the richer option and run promising sprinter Whipcracker Way in Saturday’s Magic Millions 3 & 4YO Classic at Ballarat.
Stokes entered Whipcracker Way for a $55,000 race at The Valley on Friday night but the trainer confirmed the four-year-old would run in the $150,000 contest at Ballarat.
“I thought we’d give him a chance to go for some good prizemoney,” Stokes said.
“He drew the outside in both races but I thought at Ballarat, down the chute, it’s not as bad.”
Whipcracker Way started his campaign with three impressive wins around the Moe course before charging home from an impossible position to be beaten less than two lengths at The Valley on October 30.
Stokes said Whipcracker Way found trouble at the start of his last run but the son of Shamus Award showed he was not purely a speed horse with his effort at The Valley.
“He showed at his last start that he’s not one-dimensional and that he can come from behind,” Stokes said.
“He was left back there and his sectionals were unreal.”
Whipcracker Way will chase his fourth win in his last five starts at Ballarat on Saturday. Photo: Natasha Morello/Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Whipcracker Way has been a terrific money-spinner for his owners. The gelding cost only $3000 at a Magic Millions sale in June 2018 but has already returned his purchase price more than 20 times over.
Stokes said Whipcracker Way would probably head out for a break after Saturday’s race but the four-year-old had the talent to chalk more wins in future campaigns.
“He cost next to no money and he’s well and truly paid his way,” Stokes said.
“He’s got plenty of wins in him. He’s a sound horse and I’m sure he’ll go through to city grade.”
Luke Nolen will ride Whipcracker Way at Ballarat.
Originally published asStokes to crack the Whip at Ballarat
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