As You Were gets James McDonald on for first run

The best of As You Were won’t be seen at Kembla Grange on Thursday but he’s still heading down to win on debut.

The Per Incanto colt lines up in the fourth event over 1000m and trainer Bryce Heys said he’s been pleasure to educate thus far and he will take plenty out of Thursday’s experience.

“He’s a nice horse but he’s not as advanced as a lot of other horses at the same stage,” Heys said.

“He’s a big, immature style of horse and we’re just looking to give him a good day out before we send him off to the paddock.

“He hasn’t filled out yet.”

The two-year-old has only been seen once publicly in an 895m trial and he got better as the heat went on and hit the line hard.

Since then he told his trainer that it was time to go to the races.

“I’m just trying to educate him. Usually, he might have had another trial but he’s done everything right at home and we’re just looking to give him some race day experience,” Heys said.

“It was a good trial. It was very testing ground that day at Canterbury. It was very, very heavy.”

Heys said his gut feel was that As You Were was going to be a good horse who will win his fair share of races.

“He’s a beautiful style of horse and is a nice horse to work with,” he said.

“He’s done things that you can be encouraged by. He’s not ready yet but will improve with time.”

And the booking of arguably the country’s best rider James McDonald only helps his chances of making a winning start to his career.

McDonald will ride him out of barrier six in the 10-horse field.

“It helps when you have him and I’ll leave tactics up to James,” Heys said.

“Ideally, we’d like to get some cover with him and have him close enough. It’s hard to know exactly what’s going to happen in these two-year-old races.”

Thrillology starts things off on Thursday for the Heys stable and despite running last on the Kensington track first-up she’s a better horse than that and had excuses.

Heys has put a tongue tie on for the first time to give her a chance to show her best in the opening event on the card.

“I like her in this race,” Heys said.

“She’s a very difficult horse. Last start she did get her tongue right back. She wouldn’t have finished close to the winner but she should’ve been a lot closer.

“She’s been going very well at home and she’ll be suited to 1400m in this race.”

Advance Party needs one scratching to get a run in the seventh race today and she’s coming into this race off a six-week break and has trialled since.

Kathy O’Hara has the job of getting her over the line from the widest barrier.

“It’s a tricky gate and she’s a horse that’s been hard to place but hopefully she gets a run because she is in good order,” Heys said.

“She should perform well off a freshen. She’s off to the breeding barn soon.”

Originally published asBryce has confidence in debutant

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