Giggles Forever needs to take a 'chill pill'
Giggles Forever needs the mental make-up to match his engine if he is to fulfil his potential, according to Brett Prebble after the Michael Chang Chun-wai-trained gelding was part of a double for the Australian.
Prebble said the four-year-old had the physical side of things sorted, but 'his mental issues would hold him back' unless addressed.
'He has a beautiful physique and a lovely action, but he has got issues and isn't a straight-forward horse,' he said. 'He has got the engine, but mentally he is just not there. It's going to hold him back unless he takes a chill pill.'
The issues were on display as soon as Prebble left the gates on Giggles Forever, with the jockey hard at work to keep his mount's mind on the job, and with 200m remaining, it still seemed he had too much ground to make up. The second starter's final furlong was the strongest of the 1,400m trip, however, and he won by a comfortable half-a-length margin.
'He just revved that engine too much going out of the gate and he got unbalanced around the turn,' the jockey added.
Prebble's second victory on David Hall's Medallist took him to 25 wins and a clear second in the jockeys' standings, only to see Douglas Whyte (49 wins) snare a three-timer and stretch his lead once again.
Medallist had been running on gamely at shorter trips in his three previous starts and it seemed the 1,600m would suit, with Prebble saying the colt looked a genuine stayer in the making, which can be a blessing and a curse in Hong Kong.
'He looks like a mile-and-a-half horse,' said Prebble. 'He's a stayer, definitely, but for that reason David might find him hard to place.'
After racing closer than previously from gate two, Medallist found himself out in front early in the straight and his inexperience showed as Prebble was hard at work to keep his mount's mind on the job right to the line.
'He showed a nice turn of foot and found 2 1/2 lengths very quickly after they turned ,' Prebble said. 'He was a bit wayward, he is still a colt and a bit of a boy.'