Matsumoto

Matsumoto winning at Wangaratta (Image: Racing Photos)

Why Beer owes McCarthy a drink ... or two

Mitch Beer might want to throw a couple of slabs in the back of the float that's headed to Dan McCarthy's stable this week.

On board will be Albury-based Beer's promising colt Matsumoto and four-year-old Princess Cordelia, who will be both competing at Flemington on Saturday.

McCarthy's stable has been the home for Beer's horses when they travel to Victoria, with COVID-19 restrictions making it impossible for Beer to take them to the races himself.

The last time Matsumoto stayed at McCarthy's stables, he won his maiden on debut at a juicy $61. The only problem? Beer didn't tip it to the Wangaratta trainer.

"When it sailed home at 60-1 at its first start and I didn't tell him to have anything on it, it was a pretty icy phone call when I rang to see how it pulled up, that's for sure," Beer said with a chuckle.

"Dan McCarthy has been a massive help taking these horses to the races. They go to his stable and then he takes them down.

"He's probably hearing this for the first time, but he's about to get a phone call to see if he can do it all again (for me) on Saturday."

Beer will test Matsumoto in the deep end on Saturday with the three-year-old son of Written Tycoon taking on the $112,000 Listed Creswick Stakes (1200m) at just his second career start.

"Obviously it's a really big jump from maiden grade to Listed grade. But he's a horse that's always shown a really nice amount of ability and had his fair share of issues as a younger horse, so it's taken us a while to get to the races," Beer said.

"He doesn't lack anything in ability, just lacks experience, so whether they are too experienced for him on Saturday, I guess we are going to find out.

"I'm certainly not afraid to hit the road with him with what he's shown at home."

Despite drifting from $21 to $61 in the market on debut, Matsumoto put away a strong maiden field to stamp his credentials as a city-class competitor.

"It was a very good maiden. Obviously, Damien Oliver went up to ride one at Wangaratta and that took a lot of market support and the one that ran second to him was very well fancied," Beer said.

"He was ultra-impressive. We had the option of taking him to a weaker race in Wagga the next day but chose to go to Wangaratta and see where he stacked up against the better horses and we were very pleased with his debut win."

Since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place across the New South Wales/Victorian border, Beer has sent two horses here and come back with two wins.

"They've really got to warrant going," Beer said.

"The last two horses we have sent to Victoria have both won on debut. That fills us full of confidence that we are taking the right horses down there and obviously Saturday will be a different set of circumstances going to Listed grade."