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Harness Racing: Scott charge set for Easter Cup

Trainer Matt Scott says Awaitinginstructions will be aimed at the $50,000 Easter Cup after impressing at Gloucester Park in his latest outing.

The Victorian-bred five-year-old took out the $20,250 Direct Trade Supply Maddington Handicap at the WA track on Friday night and Scott believes his charge deserves a crack at the Easter Cup.

Course record set

Awaitinginstructions is something of a standing-start specialist these days and set a new 2096m track record when rating 1.57.2.

The $50,000 Easter Cup is now the target and it will mean a step up in distance to 2902m when the race is run on 15th April.

However Scotts has no concerns there.

“His main aim is the Easter Cup, and the distance won’t worry him,” he said.

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Awaitinginstructions now has 13 wins and 16 placings from his 23 starts in Western Australia but Scott says he has had one or two niggles to contend with.

Injury issues

“He’s had a million feet troubles, and Ascot farrier Steve Routledge has done a wonderful job to get him back racing,” Scotts added.

“Awaitinginstructions had a seedy toe in the off front hoof and he had it cut out in January last year. And he had it cut out early this year and had to be scratched from the Northam Cup.

“He now has about only three quarters of his off front foot, and you can’t put any nails in the hoof unless you use Equilox (liquid nails) and a foot cast. He also wears special pads on both front feet to prevent jarring.”

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