Heywood, Kissick off to Morphettville

WAGGA trainer Chris Heywood and jockey John Kissick will head all the way to Adelaide on Saturday with in-form pair High Opinion and Dantains Spirit.

Heywood is eyeing off some feature races in Adelaide with promising staying three-year-old High Opinion and will test him out in Saturday’s listed $80,000 Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m).

“There’s the Derby in about four weeks and a group three over 2000 in the middle,” Heywood said.

“He needs to step up to the plate.

“He needs to run well in this race if we wanted to go that way.”

High Opinion has two wins and five placings to his name from eight starts.

He ran third in the Country Championship heat at Wagga, then was an impressive last start winner over a mile at the Albury carnival.

Heywood expects him to run well.

“I’d expect him to run well obviously, we’re not going there for nothing,” he said.

“I think he’s above average so we’ll put him in the deep end and find out.”

DantainsSpirit will contest the $40,000 3YO Benchmark 70 Handicap (1200m).

Both horses have drawn barrier one.

With a 10-hour truck trip ahead, Heywood said Dantains Spirit is more than just a travelling companion.

“It’s a good race for her and it’s just as easy to send one as it is two,” he said.

“I nominated her for the Town Plate Prelude but I think this is an easier option.

“She’s the second top weight in a $40,000 race, where she was down the list in Prelude, which is $25,000.”

Heywood’s son Nick, a top apprentice, was down to ride both horses but was not allowed given he has not ridden at metropolitan level.

Heywood took Steel Wool to Adelaide last year and finished fourth in a listed race.

ROAD TRIP: Wagga trainer Chris Heywood with High Opinion and Dantains Spirit ahead of the trip to Adelaide. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

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