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Old 11-08-14, 11:18   #95
Arazi
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This is what Nidges trainer said yesterday:

He’ll Be Better Next Weekend – Gleeson

The big talking point of Saturday night concerned the performance of ante-post favourite Droopys Nidge in winning his heat in 29.95.

His trainer Robert Gleeson wasn’t worried about appeared to be a lacklustre performance and predicted that he will be much better next week.

Said Robert, “We decided last week not to give him a trial and to keep him fresh as there are six rounds in the Derby. He had three or four gallops alright but he would have needed a trial.

“He is maturing and is developing muscle and his right weight is 72lb. But he weighed 74lb on Saturday and it told on him. He was sluggish in the race but, remember, he hadn’t been in a box for four weeks and you can be assured he will strip a lot fitter next week.

“We will have him checked out tomorrow morning but he looks fine to me. He is a dog that loves to be galloped and we will gallop him on Tuesday and Thursday as usual. That should have him about right for Saturday night”.


So basically he's gambled on the early couple of rounds and so far hopefully it's looked to have paid off in that 1) He's comfortably thru round one and seems to be unscathed 2) He's drawn a Saturday night heat in round 2 and therefore has a full week to prep & 3) He's not drawn a hot heat as he's still likely to be short on fitness for the next 2 weeks. The weight issue is quite a gamble to take as the dog will be still bursting a gut in the race and when overweight can get hurt easier (the same way as we would running a mile at full effort when 15 pounds heavier than our normal weight).
The reason that he's done this is that in his 2 competitions to date it could be argued that Nidge has regressed, certainly he's missed the break in the final both times. The key to him might be to keep him as fresh as possible. Its a ballsy move.
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