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Nov 05, 2015
Plot The Course
Trotter Plots Flemington success
4 November, 2015
|Bridget Cook (@bridgetc00k), courtesy Cranbourneturfclub.com.au
Cranbourne trainer Michael Trotter is hoping promising galloper Plot The Course can continue down his path of improvement when he tackles his toughest assignment to date on Crown Oaks Day.
The son of Henrythenavigator is set to line up in the $100,000 Swisse Wellness Trophy (1800m) at Flemington on Thursday, with Steven King to take the ride from barrier six.
The consistent four-year-old has finished in the money in all but one of his career starts, including a dominant win by five lengths first-up this preparation at Cranbourne and another victory last start ina benchmark 70 event at Bendigo.
Trotter said the gelding had stepped up with each new task and that he hoped Thursday’s race would be no exception.
“He’s definitely on the way up and I’m really happy with where he’s at,” he said.
“He’s pulled up extremely well since his last-start win, he had a good solid hit-out a couple of days ago and is bouncing out of his skin at the moment.
“The extra distance is definitely a positive, I think he’ll continue to improve the further he goes and the open Flemington track will suit him I think.
“He is stepping up quite a bit in class though, but it seems that every time we ask a question of him, he answers.
“I think he’s a great each-way chance. I think the two in it (Awesome Rock and Best Case) that ran yesterday (Tuesday) will go well, and Berisha is a pretty smart horse, but I think he’s a top-five chance and it wouldn’t surprise me if snuck into the top three.”
WATCH: Plot The Course’s last-start win at Bendigo
Trotter, who trains alongside his father, Group 1 winning jockey Pat Trotter, said it was a great thrill for all connections to just be part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“We were hoping we’d be able to sneak him into a race during the carnival, but he obviously had to perform for us to head that way,” he said.
“Every time we asked something of him he stepped up and he booked himself a ticket in tomorrow’s race with his recent performances.
“I’ve only been back in Cranbourne training for about four weeks now having been working up Kilmore way, so it’s nice to be back and going to the races with a good chance in a decent race.
“It’s an exciting time for Melbourne at the moment and it’s really exciting to be a part of it.”
Trotter said they had yet to determine a path beyond Thursday for Plot The Course, but he believed the gelding still has plenty of improvement in him.
“He’s untapped at the moment; I know he’s a four-year-old but he’s still a big kid and is still learning to race,” he said.
“I think whatever he’s doing now he’s only going to improve on that again next preparation and that’s very exciting.”
Jun 23, 2012
Cyclone Andy scores at Headquarters
Cyclone Andy gives Trotter his maiden city win
June 24, 2012
MOST would remember him as the man who partnered Melbourne Cup runner-up Reckless in the 1970s but yesterday Pat Trotter returned to Flemington this time as a trainer to prepare his first metropolitan winner.
Trotter, 60, prepared Cyclone Andy to win the Brian Beattie Handicap (1200 metres).
During the 1960s and '70s, Trotter was a well-known jockey in Victoria, but his association with Reckless and trainer Tommy Woodcock brought him notoriety after the gallant stayer was beaten in the Melbourne Cup.
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Trotter won 1800 races during his career as a jockey and admitted yesterday that while winning a Caulfield Cup on Analight in 1976 was a thrill, he maintained that Reckless was the finest stayer he had ever ridden.
''I'm here today with a very honest horse in Cyclone Andy and I'm thrilled for the owners, but I haven't gone into training as extensively as I did as a jockey,'' Trotter said.
''My son Michael has taken a real interest in it so we have boosted our numbers to 12 or 15 and it's working out well.
''I had some wonderful memories as a jockey and rode some pretty good horses … I also had the pleasure of being aboard Maybe Mahal for Bart Cummings and she was a very good sprinter.''
Trotter said he had always had a good opinion of Cyclone Andy and believed the three-year-old had a decent future.
''He finished well at Sandown and he showed plenty of courage today so he looks like going on with things, but really I'm rapt for the owners because they've also believed in the horse.''
Cyclone Andy started at $12 and won by three lengths ahead of the $2.30 favourite Rushworth, with That's The Way at $5 placed third.
Jun 23, 2012
First winner for Pat at Flemington
Pat Trotter Trains First City Winner
Written by AAP
Saturday, 23 June 2012 19:00
Pat Trotter rode many winners at Flemington but had a different thrill on Saturday when he notched his first city victory as a trainer.
Three-year-old Cyclone Andy brought up the milestone when he posted an impressive three-length win in the Brian Beattie Handicap (1200m).
Trotter won the 1975 Caulfield Cup on Analight and was runner-up on Reckless in the 1977 Melbourne Cup after winning the Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide Cups on the Tommy Woodcock-trained stayer.
Another of his career highlights was victory in the George Adams Stakes (now Emirates Stakes) on Maybe Mahal at Flemington.
"I rode about 1800 winners," Trotter said.
Trotter, 60, trains alongside his son Michael at Cranbourne and said he had only ever had a small team since turning to training about eight years ago.
But he believes Cyclone Andy has a good future and was impressed with the manner in which the gelding defeated a handy field.
"I've always had a big opinion of him," Trotter said.
Cyclone Andy was having his fifth start and Trotter said he didn't want to give him too much racing at this stage of his career.
"I'll just see how he pulls up but I think I'm ready to pull the plug," he said.
"I think I've got a pretty handy horse."
Cyclone Andy brought up a winning double for Glen Boss who had won on Streaky Fella in the heat of the Banjo Paterson Series over 2540m.
Mar 09, 2012
Kaitoa wins at Cranbourne's First Night Meeting
THERE was a touching moment amongst all the back-slapping near the winner’s enclosure on Friday night when winning trainer Mick Trotter was embraced by his father, former group 1 winning jockey, Pat.
There was no fan-fare, just a quick hug and a nod of the head, but it was enough to suggest a sense of pride and a great deal of respect between the Devon Meadows based father and son. Pat currently hold a trainer’s licence but is looking to slow down his involvement in the near future but will continue to be an influence as his son grows his young team.
“He’s been a great influence and role model,” Mick said.
“I’m pretty lucky, he’s achieved so much in the sport and his input is invaluable. It’s great to have him around to bounce ideas off.
“We’re working pretty hard to build things up at the moment and its great when that hard work pays off. He’ll always be there to support me and it’s a good feeling to have him around.”
Trotter currently trains 10 horses of his own and pre-trains about another dozen for fellow Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths. His own team is young, Kaitoa and stable-mate Wet Weapon are his most experienced horses with just seven starts each, but Trotter sees that as an opportunity more than an obstacle.
“Yeah, it’s exciting times, we recently bought a Dash for Cash colt and an Al Samer filly and I’m getting some really good advice about blood lines and what to look out for,” he said.
“It’s great to get some quality horses in the team, it makes getting out of bed in the morning that little bit easier.”