Trainer John Mcardle has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by Power Trip through his short racing career so far and has confirmed the two-year-old will contest the 2016 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) as his final point of call ahead of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.
Power Trip trialled well amongst notable company prior to his competitive debut in spring and immediately stamped his claims as one to watch when saluting in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington on November 7th.
Having been immediately returned to the paddock following the run, Mcardle told Sky Racing HQ the Hard Spun gelding will return to racing in the Blue Diamond Preview event at Sandown on Australia day before progression to the 2016 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G at Caulfield on February 13th.
“He is ready to run in the Blue Diamond Preview,” McArdle said
“At this stage as long as he has a good gallop on Saturday morning and Jamie is happy with him then he will head there on Tuesday.
“We will assess after that, but the plan all going well is to run in the Preview, the Prelude and then the Blue Diamond.
“He is a natural horse, he does everything that you ask him too and he is a really good doer.
“We are pretty happy with the way that he is coping so far.”
Mcardle revealed the gelding completed a quiet hit-out last week and is showing signs he has improved through his time away from racing.
“He did have a jump out, but just a quiet one,” McArdle said.
“He has been galloping with older horses leading up to his jump out and he just had a jump out last Wednesday.
“He settled back last and came around them and won very easily.
“They didn’t run any super time, but he was in second gear and it was just to get him back in a Group of horses and get him galloping out of the barriers again.
“At this point it all seems to be on target.”
Power Trip is currently available at 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes of $17 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.