Riding unbeaten galloper And Beyond is not the only responsibility Tasmanian apprentice Kyle Maskiell has had with the gelding in the lead-up to his maiden Melbourne assignment at Sandown.
Maskiell has also had to complete travelling foreman duties with And Beyond, escorting the horse across Bass Strait to Melbourne to prepare for Wednesday’s Clanbrooke Racing Handicap (1200m).
Thankfully, Maskiell has had plenty of experience with horses out of the saddle, operating his own breaking-in business when not riding work or in races down in Tasmania.
But racing would seem tame compared to Maskiell’s period as a professional bull rider competing at rodeos around Australia before his return to racing.
However, Maskiell is looking after And Beyond for family members. His grandfather Ken Hanson trains And Beyond in partnership with Maskiell’s aunt Tanya Hanson.
Maskiell has ridden And Beyond in his three wins from as many outings to date. The jockey expects the four-year-old to measure up to mainland opposition in Wednesday’s $50,000 race.
And Beyond, ridden by Kyle Maskiell, strolls to an effortless win at Elwick on Hobart Cup Day despite missing the start by two lengths.Source:Supplied
“I think he’s an above-average horse but this will be a little bit of a test for him to see whether he can measure up,” Maskiell said.
“I think he can.”
The apprentice said And Beyond has easily handled the ferry ride from Devonport to Melbourne.
The trip will serve as a test to see whether the sprinter could be competitive during the winter months.
“He’s travelled over well and I think if he can bring over his form from his last start, I think he’ll be very hard to beat,” Maskiell said.
“We have found a nice little race so we’ll see how he goes and go forward from there. During the wintertime, he could possibly snag a couple of wins.”
Punters have backed And Beyond from $4.60 to $3.80 to stay unbeaten at Sandown.
Originally published asMaskiell to go Beyond at Sandown
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