Road Trippin’ To Contest Hiraji Handicap

Exciting gelding Road Trippin’ is set to compete in the Hiraji Handicap (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday as he works towards what trainer Stephen Theodore believes will be a successful Spring Racing Carnival campaign.

Under The Eiffel is one of several talented gallopers set to face Road Trippin' in the Hiraji Handicap. Photo by: Taron Clarke

The rising four-year-old resumed with an impressive two and a half-length victory against older horses at Caulfield a fortnight ago and Theodore is confident that he can continue his winning ways this weekend.

“He’s come on leaps and bounds since Caulfield, drops 3kgs and goes to a nice big track which he has always liked,” Theodore told TVN.

“His work on Tuesday was first class and I’m really looking forward to Saturday.”

Road Trippin’ had a consistent autumn racing campaign that was highlighted by his three length  Albury Guineas (1400m) victory and his second place finish in the Listed Adelaide Guineas (1800m) but Theodore believes he is only now starting to live up to his potential.

“It’s obviously just been a maturity thing with him, he has always had the talent but now it is all starting to come together,” Theodore said.

“We have the last hurdle of the barrier draw today but I just say bring it on, I couldn’t be happier with the horse.”

The 2013 Hiraji Handicap has drawn a strong field with Group 3 winner Under the Eiffel, consistent gelding Thumbtacks and Darren Weir-trained Digitalism all set to contest the race.

Leading Victorian jockey Glen Boss will ride Road Trippin’ for the first time as regular jockey Steven Arnold cannot make the allocated weight of 54kg.

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