Covid-19 is still playing havoc with Australian horse racing and has made it a nightmare for the rising Queensland Star to travel to Victoria. Instead of a simple flight across states the Melbourne Cup favourite had to be transported by float.
Incentivise has settled in straight away and now the Cup favourite will begin his prep for a huge spring campaign.
He arrived in the early hours at Pakenham and Moody was quick to give a status update of his new stable star.
“He has had a good hour or so in the box and his temperature is normal and he had a pick and a feed and then I took him out and trotted him up,” Moody said.
“I trotted him up four or five furlongs, just to loosen him up and stretch his legs.
“He is a happy, healthy boy and he seems bright and alert.
“Pleasingly he has travelled well, all his shoes are in place and he has had a nice look around Pakenham on the trotting track.”
Since the 4 year old gelding won the a 1600m contest on the Sunshine Coast Incentivise has been on a tear winning his last 5 starts. The last 4 in particular he has won by an emphatic 40 lengths including a Group 3 victory in the Tattersals Cup during the Winter Carnival.
The win that day put prominent horse owners Brae Sokolski and Ozzie Kheir on notice and they promptly bought a 50% share in the horse.
Incentivise is likely to kick off his Spring Campaign with the Makybe Diva Stakes in September.