Beshara Confident in 2015 Doncaster Mile Chances of Happy Trails

April 1st, 2015

Paul Beshara has been understandably pleased with the form and class displayed by popular gelding Happy Trails this time in and is confident he will lay a typically good account for himself in Saturday’s featured Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick.

Happy Trails is reportedly in prime condition ahead of Saturday's 2015 Doncaster Mile. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Happy Trails is reportedly in prime condition ahead of Saturday’s 2015 Doncaster Mile. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

A three-time Group 1 winner, Happy Trails has already contested two editions of the Doncaster Mile but failed to make much of a competitive impact on either.

Thrilled with a strong piece of work produced by the Good Journey gelding on Monday morning, Beshara told Racenet he is confident Happy Trails is both in the right form and weight for success in the 2015 Doncaster Mile.

“Hope he goes that good Saturday. He worked good,” Beshara said.

“He never puts a baddy in, he tries his hardest. A very professional horse.

“He’d be the most consistent weight-for-age horse in Australia.

“He’s only got 56.5 on Saturday. He hasn’t carried a lightweight like that for a long time.

“Everything’s good.

“This is his third Doncaster. Three Cox Plates, three Doncasters.

“He’s competed at the top level for the past three years. He’s every trainer’s dream.”

A standout performer in each of his racing preparation since debuting partway through 2010, Happy Trails posted his first victory at the highest level in the 2012 edition of the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) but arguably found career-best form to date over the 2013 spring; highlighted by a win in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and a close second in the Cox Plate (2040m).

Having finishing a close second in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and won the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) most notably through the 2014 Spring Carnival, Happy Trails placed sixth in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) first-up this time; running second in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) and third in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) most recently.

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