NEWCASTLE trainer Jay Hopkins hopes Got Unders can rise to the occasion again at home when he has another “throw at the stumps” on Friday.
Hopkins will run his eight-year-old gelding in the group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) six months after he surprised with a second to Happy Clapper in the Newcastle Newmarket.
The Hopkins family-owned galloper was $34 with TAB Fixed Odds for the Cameron after drawing barrier two on Wednesday and not running a place in five runs since the Newmarket.
Got Unders was seventh and 13th at Rosehill in two starts back this preparation and Hopkins was hoping his veteran could bounce back in the nine-horse event.
“It’s not a real big field so we may as well have a throw at the stumps,” Hopkins said.
“He did enough first-up after sitting three deep in a tough 1200 metre race but I don’t know what to make of his last start.
“I thought he could win but he was disappointing. But he’s pulled up well so we’ve accepted for Friday.
“He ran second in a Newmarket to Happy Clapper and we ran Deploy to a neck last prep, so there’s a bit of form there so that’s what I’m going on. Last prep he started off so good but then I took him to Wagga and he sat five deep, then he got beat only a couple of lengths by Clearly Innocent.
“He just tapered off and needed a break after those hard runs. He’s come back and his trackwork is as good as it was last prep.”
Hopkins expected topweight, the Kris Lees-trained Sound Proposition, to be hard to beat.
Godolphin’s Spectroscope, a dual acceptor at Randwick, was Cameron Handicap favourite at $3.50 on Wednesday, ahead of Special Missile ($4) and Sound Proposition ($4.40).
In the group 3 Tibbie Stakes, Invincible Gem was the $3.50 favourite after Lees accepted for that race out of four possibilities. The Missile Stakes winner was also nominated for the Cameron as well as the Colgate Optic White Stakes and Bill Ritchie Handicap at Randwick.
In the group 3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle, Chris Waller-trained $1.6 million Frankel colt Merovee opened as the $2.30 favourite.