FORMER jumps jockey Gavin Bedggood has been around horses long enough to have a realistic knowledge and expectation of a horse’s ability.
Now a trainer at Cranbourne, he admits he would have questioned the IQ of anyone if they had suggested six weeks ago that his five year-old gelding Allageri would complete a hat-trick of victories.
With victory in a 1400m benchmark 64 on Seymour Cup Day after successive wins in two benchmark 58 races, Bedggood is considering racing the Northern Lodge Stud bred gelding in the Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Series at Sale on Sunday.
A victory at Sale in the 1400m race would provide Allageri with a ticket into the $500,000 Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Final (1600m) at Flemington on Oaks Day.
It’s a race that Bedggood had never dreamed about, let alone thought about, until after the Seymour victory.
Bedggood had worked for Cranbourne trainer Robbie Laing who had trained the son of Written Tycoon until the owners decided to sell him after the gelding won a 1500m maiden at Cranbourne on Melbourne Cup Day last year. The gelding started $1.40 favourite and won by the shortest of margins over No Effort which has won her past five starts, including the Pinker Pinker, for another Cranbourne trainer, Allan Cooper.
Bedggood admits getting into a bit of bidding war in an online auction and perhaps parted with too much cash when Allageri was knocked down to him for $20,000.
Standing at Woodside Park Stud at Tylden, Written Tycoon is a $110,000 service fee. Allageri was sold as a yearling through the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale as part of Tatura based Rushton Park’s draft.
Veteran Bendigo trainer Shaun Dwyer also played a major role in Allageri, paying what he said was $15,000 for the colt as a weanling and then pin-hooking him. At the time Written Tycoon was about a $12,000 service fee.
“When it came to sell him, I thought I’d get $100,000 but I think Robbie (Laing) paid around $60,000 for him,’’ Dwyer said.
“He was a bloody nice horse and my wife picked him out at the sales. We raised him and then gave him to David (Johnson at Rushton Park) to put through the sales.”
Rushton Park’s Kayley Johnson said they prepared Allageri and sold him through their draft for Dwyer.
“He was always a good looking colt,” she said.
And while Bedggood is realistic of the five year-old’s ability, he says he’ll deserve to race at Flemington if he wins on Sunday.
“’If I’m happy with him during the week, he’ll either go to a heat of the Country Cup Series Final at Sale on Sunday or I’ll wait two and half weeks and go to Cranbourne in a benchmark 70 over 1400m on a Friday night,” Bedggood said.
“’He has obviously had a fair bit of racing lately and I don’t really like backing my horses up too much but he is coping with the racing really well.
“’He hadn’t won a race for 10 months and has won three in three and a half weeks.
“If someone had told me six weeks ago that he was going to win three in a row, I would have told them they were being stupid.
“But I have always had a bit of faith in the horse and that’s why I brought him as a tried horse, but even though he is by Written Tycoon he is out of a Zabeel mare and he looks more like a Zabeel than a Written Tycoon.’’
Now with 11 starts for Bedggood, he said the horse’s worst performance was finishing last over 2075m at Cranbourne in August and he realised after researching the form that the horse was best suited over 1400m and up to 1600m.
Jason Maskiell has ridden Allageri in his past four starts.