Hobby trainer Ashley Grace has hosed down the hype surrounding Sass’n’ping and maintains he will take a cautious approach with the former Perth-trained galloper.
Sass’n’ping posted his best win in last Sunday’s Diggers & Dealers Sprint (1200m), giving cause for optimism that he could target the Hannans Handicap (1400m) in September.
“I usually take a conservative approach with my horses and don’t like to get too far ahead of myself,” said Grace.
“I got caught out with Arachnid a few years ago and I’m cautious about not going down a similar path again.
“Arachnid was also in very good form but he wasn’t quite up to it when second-last in the Hannans behind King Kool Kat.
“Sass’n’ping will progress to the Kambalda Cup and I will assess it again thereafter, but I’m inclined to pick another race during the carnival.”
The Diggers & Dealers was Sass’n’ping’s fourth victory from eight starts this campaign and boosted prize money to $100, 545.
“I only paid $21,000 for him so he has more than paid his way for me and the remaining owners,” said Grace.
“His races in Perth were quite good and he was never too far away from them.
“I just think he is relishing his new environment and the grade of opposition.
“What I like about him is the way he digs in and finds the line.
“He is giving us all a great ride at the moment.”
Meanwhile, Grace says Say Lady can return to winning form in the Recreation Hotel & Sheffield’s Catering Handicap (1600m) at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.
The Moysater mare is on the quick turnaround after a luckless ninth to Crown Saga when beaten 2 ¼ lengths last week.
It was a rare failure from the five-year-old who had been a model of consistency with one win and four placings from her previous five starts this campaign.
Drawn perfectly in gate one, Say Lady can put into a positive position by in form jockey Andrew Castle.
“She had to go back from a wide gate and didn’t have much luck in running,” said Grace.
“She still managed to finish up with them and wasn’t too far away.
“From her gate she will be a lot closer and race forward.
“She is a big strong horse who butters up well.
“From her draw I’m a lot more confident than what I was last week.”