Local trainer says galloper just can’t catch a break

PETER SWEENEYGeraldton Guardian
Racing at Geraldton earlier this month.
Camera IconRacing at Geraldton earlier this month. Credit: Peter Sweeney/The Geraldton Guardian, Peter Sweeney

The main goal behind trainer Kim Anderson’s decision to send Trade Talk to Perth was to lose points on the ratings system.

The horse known as Max around his Utakarra stable is probably a few lengths shy of city class, but Anderson had one or two major local races in mind.

He believed by Trade Talk performing honestly but not sensationally in the city, he would return home with much less weight to lump in Geraldton races.

It didn’t go as planned.

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“They just took points off him for city races, he comes home and he gets 65kg again,” Anderson said. “He’s weighted out of local races. I had a bit of a talk with them (down there) on Tuesday about it.

“Didn’t get anywhere, but did get a few things off the chest.”

Trade Talk, a five-year-old gelding, has earned his owners 10 times the $16,000 they paid for him as a yearling.

“He won his 10th race first-up this campaign and will carry 65kg in the Giddy Form Premium Handicap tomorrow.

“We’re giving last-start metro winner Pearls and Prawns six kilos. Ah well, that’s racing,” Anderson said.

The Batavia Sprint on Sunday week is the main goal for Trade Talk.

“That’s the plan, he’s only a small fella and he will most probably go out for a spell after the (Batavia) Sprint,” Anderson added. “He’s not quite good enough for the city and I think he’s being weighted out here, so I’m not sure what his future is.”

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