METEORITE will not be asked to best his 55 Second Challenge record on Friday night at the Valley.
It could, however, pay to remind jockey Luke Currie the summer sprint series is raced over 955m.
Co-trainer Calvin McEvoy, who expects another forward showing from the untapped sprinter, spoke candidly about stable rider Currie’s reaction to Meteorite’s 54.54-second romp on October 2.
“The scary thing is Luke came in on him that night saying ‘I forgot it was a 955m’ race,” McEvoy said.
Meteorite’s five-length demolition in Heat 2 of the 55 Second Challenge stopped the clock inside the previous 955m Australian record (54.69) set by Vatican during the 2011-12 sprint series.
“I don’t think we’ll go out there to do that again,” McEvoy said.
“He’s got the record now, without talking too soon, it’s going to take a pretty fast one to beat him.”
Bella Vella won the Valley’s summer sprint series last year and trained on to taste Group 1 glory.
McEvoy hopes for a similar trajectory – in time – for Meteorite, who on Friday runs into hi-octane Sartorial Splendor, who posted a time of 54.65 seconds in Heat 3 on October 23.
Meteorite galloped at the Valley on Monday with Currie allowed to “have some fun the last 400m”.
“I haven’t done a lot of work with him,” McEvoy said.
“Coming back from 1100m to 955m, I think a lot of people make the mistake of overtraining fast horses once they get fit.
“He’ll be very good anywhere up to 1200m and maybe beyond … the speed is one thing, I don’t think it’s the bottom of him.”
McEvoy put Meteorite’s narrow defeat down the Flemington straight on the last day of the carnival to inexperience, with the four year-old gelding maybe “looking for a bend”.
“He threw that away with greenness down the straight, he beat himself,” McEvoy lamented.
“Only beaten under a length basically (racing) with his head (turned) to the right.”
McEvoy said the stable would plot a course towards the autumn with Meteorite, who boasts three wins and a second from eight career starts.
“We’ve got a long way to go to put this horse in that (top) category,” McEvoy said.
“I do think he’ll get to a much higher level and eventually get to stakes grade.”
Originally published asMeteorite ready to rock the Valley
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