Better Kick

Better Kick as a yearling (Image: Inglis)

Richards believes in Better Kick

Flemington trainer Steve Richards initially missed his first preference at the 2019 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale but doubling back realised a chestnut colt on his shortlist remained available.

A frantic set of calls took place, all the while Richards was thinking - like most buyers do - 'Take home the one you want'.

The son of Scissor Kick from the Musk Creek Farm draft was purchased privately for $50,000 and, reflecting on the sale, Richards said he selected him for a simple reason.

"He was just a nice horse," he said.

"It's one of those things you either like them or you don't (but) there was something about him, just a gut feeling.

"It was lucky that he got passed in and we were able to get him."

The chestnut colt with four white feet, named Better Kick, will stand out in the mounting yard at Flemington on Saturday ahead of Race 2, the AMMI Next Generation Sprint (1000m).

To be ridden by Damien Oliver and on the back of two recent jumpouts, Better Kick has come up as a favourite ahead of his debut in a market that is cramped with another four horses.

Richards isn't concerned about prices, his thoughts lie in educating the young horse with the November foal date who has shown promise from the day he entered the stable.

"When he came from the breakers we brought him to Flemington for a bit of education and he was just an absolute toff of a horse, we just gave him a canter round and he was just a gentleman," Richards said.

"We turned him out and he came in and out a couple of times and got a bit 'colty' so we put him out.

"Just before his last preparation he showed a little bit, we hadn't really put him under any pressure but the first time we knew straight away he'd be a nice horse.

"We believe he'll be better at 1200m and further, I think he's going to be a miler in the end, that's what we really think."

WATCH: Better Kick's recent Flemington jumpout win

Former jockey Steven King has piloted Better Kick in his jumpouts but he'll be passing the reins to Oliver for race day after the astute jockey identified him as a likely prospect.

With the champion hoop on board, Richards won't be passing on too many instructions, except to try and get the horse to settle early and save his effort for late.

"He beat Ollie's horse in a jumpout and as he pulled up he said 'I'll ride that horse when it steps out', so he put his hand up and we said 'If you want to ride him you can ride him'," according to Richards.

"If they run along, he'll be sitting back just off and he'll be working home. Whether he can pick them off over 1000m is another thing, but if everything goes right he should be running on nicely.

"We've never pushed him, he's professional and puts himself there, I don't think he's going to be a speed horse, if you dug him he probably could be but you wouldn't want to be riding him that way, you want to teach him from day one, teach him the right way, balance up and if he gets there he gets there."