Former Victorian galloper A FIGHTING FURY is set to make his first appearance for the John Bateman stable at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
A FIGHTING FURY arrived at John’s Goulburn stables in June with form that included a 3.4 length-defeat to subsequent Group 1 Doncaster Mile winner BRUTAL however, recent failures prompted the owner to give the gelding a change of scenery.
At his last start, the son of FASTNET ROCK dropped out of a 2200m event at Pakenham on June 21.
John plans to keep A FIGHTING FURY over shorter trips as all three of the horse’s wins to date were between distances of 1200m and 1400m.
One potential race on the horizon for A FIGHTING FURY could be next year’s Country Championships Qualifier (1400m) at Goulburn which John won with LOFTY’S MENU in 2016.
“I’ll probably just give him the one run this prep and back off him because he’s a had a fair bit of racing for a newly-turned four-year-old,” John said.
“How he goes on Saturday will give me a guide as to whether we should be looking at the Country Championships but his form would suggest he’s an ideal candidate being a class three horse.
“His work on the track has been quite good as well, he ran second in a jumpout here the other day, only beaten a neck.”
Shaun Guymer, who boasts a strike rate of 33.3% on John Bateman-trained horses, has been entrusted with the ride on A FIGHTING FURY at Kembla.
The race is a 1300m Benchmark 64 event and A FIGHTING FURY has drawn barrier eight in a field of 14 plus four emergencies.