Happy Trails is capable of upsetting red hot favourite Pierro in this Saturday’s 2013 Doncaster Handicap according to trainer Paul Beshara.
The Morphettville trainer is confident that Happy Trails can take out the prestigious $2 million Doncaster Handicap at Royal Randwick Racecourse.
Happy Trails is not without a chance, having won the Group 1 Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival last spring.
However, since that start the five-year-old has failed to show his true ability.
Happy Trails has placed ninth in his both his autumn runs, his most recent being behind Pierro in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes.
Despite this, Beshara is still bullish about Happy Trail’s chances in the 2013 Doncaster Handicap.
“I don’t care about Pierro, I don’t care about any horse – I think Happy Trails will win,” Beshara said.
The trainer felt Happy Trails should have won last year’s Doncaster, when he flew home for sixth place from barrier 14.
“I have thought about that race every day (since), I was disappointed and thought he should have blitzed them,” he said.
“You move on, and he’s won a Group 1 since.
“He’s very good over the mile, and he never runs a bad race at Randwick.”
Beshara feels that Happy Trails has plenty of excuses for his slow start to the autumn.
“He drew barrier one first-up, but was no good on the rails, missed the start, got squeezed up and (received) a few massive checks,” he said.
“Second-up in the George Ryder he was cruising along before he pulled a shoe off his front foot at the 600m, became unbalanced from then on and whacked away the final 50m. But now he’s cherry ripe.”
Happy Trails has won five of his 31 race starts and has earned more than $1.18 million in prize money during his career.
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