Lee Freedman has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by Disposition in his two starts this time, and is confident he conditions, particularly the mile of Saturday’s 2015 Toorak Handicap will play directly into his strengths.
Disposition began his racing career under the guidance of leading Perth trainer Grant Williams, but has undoubtedly kicked up a gear this time in charging home to win the Listed Sofitel (1400m) before finishing an agonizingly-close second in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield a fortnight ago.
Having continued to impress in work through recent weeks, Freedman told Racing Ahead the four-year-old will line up a picture of health on Saturday and is expected the 2015 Toorak Handicap to figure as an ideal race.
“We are very pleased with him,” Freedman said.
“The best part about this week is that he is going to be third-up and he would have gained a bit more in fitness.
“I think that 1600 metres is probably ideal for him now and we are very fortune that we drew a perfect gate, it gives him a few options from the jump.
“He is in great form and there won’t be any excuses if he has even luck in running.
“I am pretty confident that we have got him as good as we can get him.
“He meets the winner of that race a couple of kilos better and you have to be feeling reasonably confident.”
Jockey Dwayne Dunn has picked up the ride on Disposition after last start hoop Damien Oliver was ruled out through suspension, and Freedman revealed he will instruct to hoop to find a position slightly further back than on pace.
“I think that was dictated to Damien by the fact that he had drawn in so close,” Freedman said.
“The risk with that is that although it looks good on paper, you can be buried in the ruck and not get a look at them.
“We made a decision to ride him a little bit handier, which worked out perfectly in the run, but it sort of dulled his finish just a fraction.
“It wasn’t completely ideal, but from seven I will pretty me leave it up to Dwayne, he would have done his homework and watched his races and he will work out what is the optimal way to ride the horse.
“I would prefer to see him in the first half of the field.”
Posting five wins and four minors through ten career starts so far, Disposition is currently available at 2015 Toorak Handicap odds of $4.80 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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