CRANBOURNE trainer Stephen Theodore is plotting a return to Adelaide with Road Trippin’ who was an impressive winner of the $50,000 Albury Guineas (1400m) yesterday.
Theodore and connections collected the $50,000 bonus for the gelding’s victory after he was a $22,000 bargain buy at the Inglis Melbourne premier sale.
Inglis is the sponsor of the Albury Guineas, which Fat Al used last year as a stepping stone toward victory in the group 1 Epsom Handicap last spring.
Road Trippin’ was a last-start Morphettville winner and Theodore’s father Les said his son was eyeing off a hit and run mission to Adelaide.
“I think he might have another race in Adelaide picked out for him,” he said.
“I am pretty sure it is a black-type race in the carnival over there.
“We are pretty hopeful he can measure up.”
The guineas was the third career win for Road Trippin, but his career includes placings behind two of the country’s best young horses, All Too Hard and Snitzerland.
Snitzerland won the group 2 Challenge Stakes at Warwick Farm last Saturday in course record time and has The Galaxy as one of her autumn goals in Sydney.
“He is a big strong horse,” Theodore said.
“He has run third to All Too Hard and second to Snitzerland.
“It is not bad form for a race like this.”
Road Trippin’ scored by one of the biggest margins of the two-day carnival, 2¾ lengths.
Les Theodore was a successful trainer formerly based at Berrigan.
He was the first trainer of two legends of the Australian turf, Campaign King and Better Loosen Up.
His son has been training for eight years.
Road Trippin’ was ridden by one of the Riverina’s most promising riders, John Kissick.
Kissick rode a cup day double after winning on Tarrabandra.