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A heavy pack for a classy Scout

December 1, 2011

One of the first lessons taught to any green, fresh-faced punter is that old adage, “weight can stop a train.”

Obviously, Tim Martin was not one to listen to those who preach the status quo.

The Rosehill trainer prepares Scouting Wide in the Blackwoods MSA Handicap (2000m), a Benchmark 80 race.

Incredibly, the Listed race winner lines up despite having been allotted 65 kilograms by the handicapper.

With 2kg apprentice Taylor Lovelock-Wiggins on board, the galloper will carry 63 kilograms.

The only horse to have carried more weight in a Saturday metropolitan race in Sydney in recent years was one time Naturalism Stakes winner Red Lord.

Trained by Anthony Cummings, the son of Redoute’s Choice surprised when he lined up in a Benchmark 85 race over 1600m at Randwick on New Year’s Day this year and carried 66 kilograms before he laboured into 12th place; the winner, Lone Command, carried only 52.5 kilograms, 13.5kg less than Red Lord.

The task awaiting Scouting Wide looks difficult, with the son of Zabeel having to contend with a wide gate in addition to the large weight relief his opponents receive.

At the weights, a number of promising horses look to be thrown in.

Revolt, from the stable of Team Hawkes, has emerged from a maiden victory at Newcastle in mid-October to stamp himself as a middle distance galloper of the future, while Chris Waller’s pair King Gladiator and Mikiyama are good stayers in the making.

Scouting Wide also has a poor winning strike rate, with his last victory in the McKell Cup in May last year.

Nevertheless, the run will top him off for next week’s Listed Christmas Cup (2400m), also at Rosehill.

Interestingly, three of his four victories have come over the Rosehill 2400m course, and with a large weight drop into that race he will be much better suited next week.

His presence livens an otherwise standard off-season meeting at the western Sydney track, with the highlight the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m).

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