Head Not Concerned Over Goldikova Draw

Trainer Freddie Head is not concerned regarding the unfavourable draw for Goldikova when she attempts victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

Goldikova

Goldikova

The star mare will head out from gate 10 of the 11 starters in the prestigious event, but considering that in her victory in the race last year she had drawn stall 12, her trainer is not concerned.

"I think everything is going perfectly to plan. In fact, it's a bit like a soap opera for her with everything looking too good to be true," said Head.

"She's put on weight, is a stronger filly and all the willingness she has shown through her career is still there.

"She is still fresh and doesn't seem tired or sick of racing and training.

"With the draw, maybe I would have liked to have been inside a bit more, but we will manage.

"It was the same last year and I remember winning on Miesque from a high draw."

In relation to strategy for the race, the trainer said, "I shall leave it entirely to Olivier Peslier, but with this filly you can do more or less anything you want.

"Last time at Longchamp she led before letting another horse go by and quickening up again. It really all depends on the pace of the race."

The trainer commented on the track condition saying, "I have no concerns, unless it becomes very soft. The faster the better for her.

"It's a top-class field with Paco Boy and Gio Ponti, who is a champion on turf on the US. It's a great match-up."

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