The Gawler trainer may have celebrated more birthdays than other trainers in Australia, but he is still in charge of Iconic, a veteran sprinter who four years ago was second to Lankan Rupee at the Caulfield when he contested the Group two Rubiton Stakes. This Saturday, the seven-year-old sprinter will be at Morphettville in his quest for a second win.
Iconic will be guided by Gary Searle to chase his luck after a long spell of 3 ½ years without success. Iconic started his racing career in 2012. He was saddled Tony McEvoy and finished second in the 2012 springs behind Ticket to Toorak. Ticket to Toorak will also be at Morphettville to contest the Saturday’s Kevin Tracey Handicap. Iconic won four races for McEvoy, a thing that earned him a good reputation, which made him be considered a quality galloper. He won two races at Melbourne where he competed in the nation’s sprinter in group one in 2014 and 2015. He also won the 2014 Manikato Stakes. When his form tapered off, he was sold off and moved to Mornington Stables in 2016.
He raced twice for Riley and once for Johnston where he finished last at Morphettville in 2016. The horse appeared to have run out of steam and had poor runs in March and July before he found his way to South Australia where he landed in the hands of Gordon Carter. Last year, he was at Morphettville and was beaten by just a length.
He started off badly at Searle, but he was able to collect himself and win a race at Morphettville two weeks ago. This means that the gelding has moved his earnings to $500,000 and he appears to have permanently joined the winner’s circle.
Searle is optimistic and thinks that he is getting in prime shape and therefore he expects him to replicate his winning form in the 1000m race at James Boag’s Premium Handicap this Saturday. So far, Ladbrokes fixed odds market rates the horse at $7. In the Saturday’s race, he will be starting at barrier eight and will be saddled by Emily Finnegan. His trainer believes that he still has the energy and has a good chance of performing well in the race. The gelding is in the right frame of mind, and if Emily manages to get a clear ground for him, he will do well.