Perth galloper He Or She has firmed with nearly all betting agencies but co-trainer Tom Dabernig says the stable still has plenty to learn about the exciting performer.
He Or She won seven of nine starts, including his past five outings, for his previous trainer Vaughn Sigley before connections sold 50 percent of the horse to clients of Dabernig and training partner David Hayes.
He Or She will make his Victorian debut in the fourth heat of the Winter Championship Series (1400m) in which Sportsbet customers have backed the gelding from $7.50 into $4.80 favouritism.
However, Dabernig said the son of Kendel Star would not be at his top for his assignment, which will serve as a test to determine where He Or She sits in the spring landscape.
“I wouldn’t say we have got him fully wound up. He’s ready to go to the races but it’s more about giving him a run here in winter then backing off for spring,” Dabernig said.
“We’re learning about him too but he’s a lovely horse to do anything with. It’s always hard to line up their (Perth) form to ours but he can give us a bit of a guide.”
He Or She has drawn wide but Dabernig said the gate would not matter as the handy performer would settle back in the field irrespective of the early speed.
Dabernig said He Or She’s relaxed racing manners would give his backers a few concerns as the pressure rises in the $80,000 contest.
“He gets right back and he looks 100-1 turning for home when he gets off the bit but he just makes a long sustained run and seems to just get there,” Dabernig said.
“We wouldn’t be changing his pattern anyway but you have just got to hope there is tempo and by race eight that the pattern, as Flemington often is, that they are swooping down the middle.
“If something happens on Saturday, that’s great, but the main thing is to be hitting the line strongly.”
Chris Parnham, who rode He Or She to two of his wins at Ascot in the summer months, will resume his partnership with the four-year-old on Saturday.