Why a Sydney test could see a big change for Ballet Master
If the Victorian Ballet Master (NZ) gelding (Stravinsky) does well at Randwick, he will be transferred to a new trainer, and he will do so with the blessing of his current conditioner Chris Hyland.
Ballet Master loves rain-hit runways and Hyland thinks he’s more likely to hit them regularly in Sydney this winter than in Melbourne.
But given the difficulty of campaigning with a horse on the highway while he’s settled in Cranbourne, Hyland thinks the best solution is to have him run by a Sydney-based trainer.
As such he has drawn up a plan to race the horse under his name in Saturday’s Uphire Handicap (1300m) at Randwick and if Ballet Master can pass this test and be competitive the eight-year-old will remain at Sydney without him.
“I told the owners that I could train him, prep him and send him to Sydney to send him to someone else,” Hyland said.
“The plan is to have him race on Saturday and if he runs well then he’ll stay with (trainer) John Thompson and have a few months of racing up there if the tracks stay wet.
“We don’t seem to have wet tracks like we used to in town here.
“If he gets soft ground he can run very well, but now he’s getting to an age where it will be his last season.”
Hyland stables his horses with Thompson whenever he visits Sydney and has previously approached the rider from Randwick about the potential move.
Chad Schofield will partner Ballet Master of Barrier Eight on Saturday with the horse chasing his second victory in Sydney after scoring over 1400m on a heavy track at Randwick two years ago.
Ballet Master was bought in the 2015 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier draft from Ardsley Stud for $100,000 and has nine wins and over A$369,000 to his name.
Kiwi Ballet Master gelding. Photo: Bruno Cannatelli
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