WHAT Could Be broke through for a Sydney victory on Wednesday to continue the revival of Newcastle trainer Alan Scorse.
The five-year-old, a $10 shot, was one of four winners for jockey Kerrin McEvoy at Randwick, after jumping to a surprise lead and holding on late in the 1000m benchmark 75 handicap.
What Could Be had three victories, all at Newcastle, before the win at his in 22nd start. It was also the fifth winner in the past 11 starters for Scorse, who is on the comeback from cancer treatment.
Fresh off riding four winners on Saturday, @KPMcEvoy continues to impress in his comeback to riding with another treble @royalrandwick today. His first ride on the horse and thrilled to get a win for trainer Alan Scorse who's been battling with his health. pic.twitter.com/YR84ulSeNu— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) February 7, 2018
“It’s been very good the last couple of months,” said Scorse, who has a “half dozen” in work and won with Cheers Joyce at Newcastle on Saturday. “[What Could Be] deserved it. All along he’s been very consistent and he just needed a bit of luck and it went his way today.
“He got up in the weights too quickly after those three wins and he was very hard to place because he can’t run on a tight-turning track. He found the right track and race today.”
“When the leader bucked out of the barrier, it just left him out in front and it was just beautiful.
“Kerrin took advantage of the situation and rode him well, and that’s what good jockeys do.”
Scorse was eyeing a class four Championship Preview (1300m) at Scone on February 23 before the Randwick win but was unsure now what was next for What Could Be.
“I had him set for a race at Scone, but he might get too much weight now.
“He needs a big track, that’s his biggest problem. He can’t run at a Canterbury or a Warwick Farm. It’s Randwick, Newcastle or Scone. I’m limited to where I can take him and what races I can run him in.”
McEvoy said it was nice to get a winner for Scorse, who did not make the trip to Randwick because of his health.
“I can get down and back OK, but the next day I’m completely gone,” Scorse said.
Asked when was his last city winner before Wednesday, Scorse said: “Can’t remember".
AAP reports: Scone trainer Brett Cavanough is hoping to clarify the next phase of Another Sin's career when the gelding has a second crack at competing in group company.
The three-year-old was being aimed at the Magic Millions carnival but a foot abscess put paid to those plans.
He will now line-up in the group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday so Cavanough can weigh up his future.
"We're at the crossroads. If he's good enough to win we'll press on with a three-year-old campaign and if he's not we can back up and he can be a Country Championship horse," Cavanough said.
Another Sin has already indicated he is comfortable at Highway Handicap level with a first - on debut - and second to show for his two runs in the metropolitan-hosted series for country-trained horses.
After breaking his maiden in August at Rosehill, he found the step up to black-type arduous a fortnight later when trailing the group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) but Cavanough said he was ready for another shot.
"He's a pretty sharp horse, he's still a little bit immature but he'll sprint a lot fitter on Saturday. He's lost a lot of puppy fat in the last fortnight," Cavanough said.
He was also keen to determine whether Another Sin should stick to sprinting or extend himself to 1400 metres, the distance of the Country Championships final at Randwick on April 7.
"We were hoping to know by January whether we had a 1400-metre horse but that setback put us behind the eight-ball," he said.