APOLLO AND PRIZE CATCH TO CONTINUE BELHUS BLITZ
Aug 09, 2017
With four winners in their last nine starters, the Belhus Brigade have hit a purple patch this winter, and the former Sydneysider, Apollo, is a serious chance of making it five victories since July 22 when he takes his place in the 100 Club Mandurah Cup Maiden (Race 1-1403m) at Pinjarra on Thursday.
The stunning son of So You Think, now prepared in the West by big-race trainer Trevor Andrews, has competed well in his four starts since crossing the Nuillabor and will be highly fancied to break maiden status.
Apollo has cost himself victory by over-racing noticeably at his past two starts, but Andrews has opted to bring him back in distance and lodge some gear changes in an effort to rectify his bad manners. If the former $500,000 yearling be on his best behaviour on Thursday he should prove very hard to beat.
The Lindsey Smith-trained four-year-old was having his second run back from an eight-week break on that occasion and came off the back of a hot tempo to easily work past the the $2.90 favourite Bella's Idol and go to the line ears pricked to score by 2-1/2 lengths.
Prize Catch has always shown above average potential and appears to be headed in the right direction at the start of the new season, with the Smith stable confident he can work through the grades and in time develop into a classy middle-distance performer. He's a horse on the way up.