HE’S already proven as the king of the country but Handle The Truth will take on all comers this weekend when he lines up in the Yes Yes Yes Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill.
The 2019 Kosciuszko winner was gallant in defending his title in the $1.3 million race for country-trained horses when running fourth to the emerging star mare It’s Me.
Now he has to take on the big boys from town including a few The Everest runners like Gytrash, Santa Ana Lane, Haut Brion Her and Eduardo.
“We can’t find an easy race anywhere,” trainer Keith Dryden said.
“We’re probably not at the class of those Everest horses but he’ll like the wet track.
“I worked him on a heavy 9 recently and he got through it great.”
It’s a $1 million race on Saturday and with bonuses a top three finish will be very lucrative to Handle The Truth’s connections.
“There’s a lot of money and there’s bonuses too which is what makes it appealing,” Dryden said.
“I don’t know about the owners but the trainer could sure use it.”
Dryden was proud of Handle The Truth’s effort in the Kosciuszko after things didn’t go right for the horse and Nash Rawiller who rode him out of barrier 13.
Handle The Truth’s trainer Keith Dryden. AAP Image/Simon BullardSource:AAP
He sat just off the speed but had no luck in the run.
Only his quality kept him in the race until the closing stages.
“The horse is going well. It was a super run the other day in the Kosciuszko,” Dryden said.
“He sat wide the whole trip and never got the foot off the accelerator. Nash said if he drew a good barrier he would’ve run second if he didn’t win.
“He said he couldn’t give him a rest the whole race. He wanted to ease off between the 800m and the home turn to give him a little breather but he couldn’t.
“He was brave and battled on. He didn’t give it away and he knew he had a run by the end of it.”
Dryden has given his Star Witness five-year-old an easy time since his run nearly a fortnight ago and he should be able to peak now third-up.
And he’ll have to against such a quality field of sprinters.
“All last week I just swam and walked him. He had a good gallop a few days ago and he’s going well,” Dryden said.
The barrier draw will be conducted Wednesday morning and Gytrash is the early $2.80 favourite to take out the race after he ran on strongly in The Everest when third behind Classique Legend.
The Everest champion won’t be running on Saturday as he’s in quarantine ahead of a trip back to Hong Kong where he’ll start a new career abroad.
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