Charge Forward gelding Road Trippin’ (Charge Forward – Road To Damascus, by Flying Spur) acquitted himself well against the best of his generation in his early days but will have a chance to notch a big-race win of his own after his strong first-up success at Caulfield.
Road Trippin’ finished third to star colt All Too Hard in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) as a two-year-old before running fourth to top performer Pierro in the Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) in his early three-year-old campaign, which culminated with a fifth to the pair in a memorable Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
“I ran him in a Caulfield Guineas. He ran third to All Too Hard in the (VRC) Sires’ (Produce) and fifth to Pierro,” trainer Stephen Theodore said. “I haven’t missed him, I have set him big tasks and he’s just starting to come into his own.”
Road Trippin’ proved Theodore right with a terrific performance against older horses in the TMB Printing Handicap (1600m), coming from midfield to score comfortably, despite running over 1600 metres first-up with 57kg.
Theodore said he would love to win his home town cup with Road Trippin’ but bigger races are on the agenda during his soring four-year-old campaign.
“He’s been handy as a two-year-old, good as an early three-year-old and he’s matured nicely. We have got pretty big ambitions with this horse,” Theodore said.
“A race like the Cranbourne Cup is a race close to me that I would like to set him for but I think he might even just excel a bit better than that,” Theodore said.
“A horse like him could cheat with the handicappers and a race like the Toorak (Handicap) or the Emirates (Stakes) could be the go.”
Road Trippin’s success is a welcome tonic to his owners, who had to deal with the loss of his promising Crack A Roadie (Charge Forward – Road To Damascus, by Flying Spur) in a freak road accident in May.
Crack A Roadie won $177,000 in stakes in just three starts, which included a narrow second in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) at Flemington in the spring. Road Trippin’ has also been a terrific performer for the owners with his latest success taking his earnings to more than $270,000.
He’s been a terrific little money spinner, he cost me $21,000,” Theodore said. “They are terrific owners. “They have supported me from day one and wins like that are keeping young trainers like me. It’s not an easy game and they are the ones that really support me.”
Theodore paid $60,000 for a half-brother to Road Trippin’ and Crack A Roadie by young Arrowfield Stud stallion Manhattan Rain at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.