Getting Django in a happy place: Mathews

Muchea trainer Alan Mathews says Django showed a lot of ability when he was a two -year-old. Picture: Anita McInnes

MUCHEA trainer Alan Mathews says Django will likely be set for a 1400m race in about a fortnight.

After the Trade Fair and Fair Truth gelding’s win on August 20 at Belmont in the Carnivale at Crown Handicap (1200m) Mathews said he was still to work out which race was on the agenda next.

Mathews told Yanchep News Online he said he was looking to start Django in about a fortnight’s time but he wasn’t sure if the cancellation of races at Belmont on Saturday, August 27 would change Perth Racing’s program.

On his way back to scale after his second win with Mathews Django did not really look as though been in a 1200m race.

He looked calm and like just a few horses before a race not a horse who had just run 1200m.

Mathews said Django had shown a lot of promise as a two-year-old  but then had lost his form so his plan was to get the gelding in a happy place and see what resulted from  that.

In this campaign out of three starts Django has finished second on July 16 in a 1200m handicap and first on July 30 in a 1300m sprint before his August 20 win.

Jockey Patrick Carbery has ridden the Rick Hart owned gelding in all three starts this campaign and in a 1000m trial on July 4 where Django placed seventh in a field of nine.

Yanchep News Online spoke to Mathews on August 27 after rain the previous night had led to cancellation of racing at Belmont with the Idyllic Prince Stakes rescheduled for Wednesday, August 31.

Perth Racing said Racing and Wagering WA’s chief steward Brad Lewis said on Saturday morning the 38mm of rain in the previous 12 hours had affected  a small section of track at the 600m mark making it unsuitable for racing.