Slipper winner's brother Ready for Valley debut

Jun 18, 2015

By Brad Waters for Racenet

Limbo Star has already displayed one trait in common with his Golden Slipper-winning brother ahead of his debut at Saturday's Moonee Valley meeting.

Limbo Star is a brother to the 2009 Magic Millions 2YO Classic and Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready, who ploughed through heavy ground in his Sydney triumph.

Trainer Wez Hunter says Limbo Star has also shown a preference for wet tracks in his two-year-old preparation, in which the racing phase begins in Saturday's Silver Thomas Hanley (1200m).

"He's definitely shown a liking for the softer tracks," Hunter said. "Phelan Ready appreciated the wet as well. It was an absolute bog when he won the Golden Slipper.

"His trials have been nice on those wet tracks but he's a horse that has taken a bit of time to mature mentally and that's why he hasn't got to the races yet.

"I'm sure soft tracks will be his go so hopefully we'll get a few runs out of him now and then tip him out."

Hunter said Limbo Star's build was the reason he enjoyed softer ground. Connections were forced to geld the son of More Than Ready to ensure he made the racetrack.

Limbo Star had a jumpout at Balnarring before heading to Mornington for another jumpout in which he finished second to the subsequent Sale debut winner Sky Dazzle over 600m on June 3.

Hunter said the two hit-outs left Limbo Star ready to go to the races with stable expectations of a forward showing but knowing the two-year-old would benefit from the debut outing.

"He's learned as much as he can at the trials and it's time to go to the races and have a race," Hunter said.

"I would say he's got above average ability but it's just a case of he still does a few things wrong.

"I'm not going there expecting to win but I'm going there expecting him to run well and to improve a lot out of it."

Steven Arnold will ride Limbo Star, who will jump from barrier three. Sportsbet has Limbo Star as a $17 chance in its early market on the $80,000 race.