Next up a trip down south

JOHN Sprague may venture south to Gosford or Wyong with Satan’s Chariot in as bid to find out just how good he is following his easy win in the Dorvik Port Macquarie Class Two (1100m) at Port Macquarie on Monday.

“To be honest I have no idea where we are going with this horse until I sit down with the owners and talk about it,” Sprague said.

“However, one idea that did pop into my head after his win was to head south. “The Coca Cola Cup might be another option but really nothing will be decided until we have that talk.”

The $17,000 Coca Cola Cup, a Benchmark 60 over 1200 metres, will be run at Port Macquarie on Friday, January 4. Satan’s Chariot achieved what many believe is the mark of a good horse when he went from winning his maiden at Port Macquarie on November 27 to winning on Monday at his next start.

A syndicate of local owners bought Satan’s Chariot, a half-brother to Whobegotyou, after he was placed once in a Ballarat maiden. Whobegotyou, a multiple Group winner, won 10 races on Melbourne tracks and more than $3 million in prize money. 

“My horse may never be as good as his half brother but I think we are going to have a lot of fun with him,” Sprague said. “He is as really professional little race horse and an absolute pleasure to train. “Nothing phases him, he is one of the most laid back horses I have trained.

“When I got him home after the races I put him in his yard to have a pick but all he wanted to do was get into his box to get his head in the feed bin. He has pulled up a treat and really he needed that run.”

Peter Graham settled Satan’s Chariot in second position early, and went to the lead at the 600m mark. He took the horse to the line to win by one and three quarter lengths.

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