Admiral Trainer Campbell Optimistic About Admiral in Goodwood Sprint

In thoroughbred racing, optimism is often the province of a horse’s connections; the bookmakers supply realism.

Barry Campbell, trainer of the four-year-old bay Admiral, supplies optimism for his horse’s chances in the upcoming Goodwood Sprint 21 May at Morphettville based on Admiral’s record of never being beaten in his second-up race.

Admiral may offer other reasons for optimism. He has won 14 times and placed four times in 20 starts. His record does seem to indicate that he indeed does well his second time out. He also does well on slower tracks. He has won five of his last six races.

Reality appears in several forms. All of his wins have come in Tasmania and none of them was above listed in quality. The first time he tried his fortune at Flemington in a Group 1 race back in March of 2015, he could manage only fifth. He looked in good form when he ran at Flemington early in May, running a close second to Supido in a 1000m handicap even though he had an extra 4.5 kg.

The ultimate reality, however, is that this far ahead of the Goodwood, Admiral is priced at $17, well back in the eyes of the remorselessly pragmatic bookmakers who get it right more often than not.

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