Bold Star (Image: Racing Photos)
South Australian trainer Gordon Richards puts his recent Victorian results down to 'having a bit of luck' but his record over the past four-and-half-months reveals a different story.
Richards knows the right horses to bring across the border and places his runners accordingly.
With the 2019/2020 racing season in its early stages, Richards has lined up seven starters at metropolitan level in Victoria for four winners and two placings.
He will be looking to add to that tally on Saturday at Flemington with stablemates Bold Star and Flop.
Speedster Bold Star will return to Melbourne after a fresh-up win at The Valley last month, taking his place in the Benchmark 84 1000-metre event, and already has strong market support, firming into $3.10 on Friday morning.
"We sort of targeted this race after his first up win at Moonee Valley," Richards explained on RSN927's Racing Pulse.
"He has had a month since that first-up run and he's had a soft trial last week.
"It's not going to be easy but if he handles the straight track, and there is no reason why he shouldn't, he will go well. He is ready."
WATCH: Bold Star's Valley run
Bold Star's travelling companion, five-year-old mare Flop, is in search of another win after a run of placings in her past five outings.
"The win before those placings was over 1550m and she gets out to 1600m tomorrow, which is right up her alley," Richards said.
"Those races have been a shade short for her and she has drawn inside and been stuck on the rail.
"She is drawn off the track (at Flemington), which will suit her style of racing."
The Stryker mare lined up at Flemington back in April over 1600m and finished a creditable fourth after being held up for clear running at a vital stage in the home straight, and Richards believes she can make amends on Saturday.
"I'm pretty confident she will measure up," he said.
WATCH: Flop's Flemington run in April