How long a winning streak goes means little to trainer John O’Shea when it comes to the unbeaten Lost And Running but he’s confident the promising galloper can extend his run to five at Canterbury on Wednesday.
The four-year-old has been largely untroubled in winning all four starts to date, including his latest two in March, and moves a step closer to open company in the Vinery Stud Handicap (1100m), which is his toughest test in Benchmark 88 grade.
“I like winning – I think it is good for horse and owner and trainer,” O’Shea said.
“We’re not into (protecting winning runs). We’re just doing the right thing by the horse. To put them where the market says is their best chance.
“I’m a great believer in the influence of the market and their chance in a race.”
The market says Lost And Running is an odds-on favourite to make it five from five and give O’Shea the kind of problem every trainer wants – where to go next now he’s successfully made it through the grades.
What O’Shea does know is that Lost And running isn’t going to be limited to sprint trips and will ultimately appreciate roomier tracks than Canterbury so he’s pleased the gelding has drawn in the middle of the field and not on the inside.
“We had a progressionary program laid out for him,” he said.
“He’s very good, we’re really looking forward to getting him out a bit in trip and when he gets onto a bigger track he’ll be suited.