Will Hulbert was attacked by rampaging plovers this week but is hoping to make a bird of the 2YO Doomben race on Saturday with rookie colt Arbat.
Arbat is on debut but Hulbert said he finished a nice second in a jumpout a month ago behind the Tony Gollan-trained filly Skirt The Law who thumped her rivals in her first start at Doomben on November 12.
Arbat will face off against Skirt The Law again, this time under race conditions, in the $105,000 2YO Handicap over 1200m.
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Hulbert, who co-trains with dad Peter, has high hopes the colt can attract interest from cashed up Hong Kong buyers.
The intention in an official Doomben trial last week was to show what he could do, to potentially entice a Hong Kong sale.
However, everything went wrong when Arbat, who finished second in the trial, suffered interference from another horse in the 840m trial and was also run off the track.
“He is a nice colt, he ran second in a jumpout to Skirt The Law four weeks ago and then he had his trial,” Hulbert said.
“He got knocked down in his trial so that was a waste of a trial.
“We were going to try to sell him to Hong Kong if he won his trial last week, but that didn’t go to plan.
“I didn’t actually buy him, he is from the Rockhampton sale and (trainer) Ricky Vale’s big owner purchased him.
“I think he will eventually need more than 1200(m) later on.”
Hulbert, who had to duck for cover when attacked by rogue plovers at trackwork this week, is happy that another small field of 2YOs will face the starter this Saturday.
It gives Arbat a better chance to shine, but, like everybody, Hulbert is perplexed as to why there are not bigger 2YO fields only six weeks out from the rich Magic Millions day on the Gold Coast.
“I’ve got no idea why, there seems to be plenty of two-year-olds trialling but they are not going to the races,” Hulbert said.
“It’s very strange, I can’t put my finger on it.”
Arbat has been backed from $19 to $14 to make a winning debut on Saturday.
The TAB market is headed by Skirt The Law ($1.35 favourite) and unbeaten Stuart Kendrick trained colt Torque I Tee ($3.40).
Originally published as Will Hulbert to unleash 2YO colt after being attacked by plovers at trackwork during the week