Pacodali will be out for a trouble free run in Saturday’s Ballarat Cup.

Keeping all four shoes on might be all Pacodali needs to do to figure in the finish of Saturday’s Listed Ballarat Cup (2000m).

Pacodali needs to improve 1 ¾ lengths on his effort in last Saturday’s Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown to figure in the finish at Ballarat.

Pacodali was held up late in the race but Warrnambool trainer Maddie Raymond said losing his off fore plate also hindered the gelding in the Eclipse Stakes.

“It was the first thing (jockey) Dean (Yendall) noticed when he came back in,” Raymond said. “He said he (Pacodali) wasn’t quite feeling right and that explained it.

“They definitely feel it in the run but luckily the farrier was able to pop it back on after the race so he was right as rain the next day.”

The $500,000 Ballarat Cup has always been the target of Pacodali’s spring campaign.

However, Raymond said the Irish-bred gelding’s preparation took longer than expected, which forced her to run the eight-year-old in the Eclipse Stakes a week before the Ballarat Cup.

Pacodali is a $15 chance in TAB’s latest Ballarat Cup market. Photo: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

But she said the seven-day back-up won’t worry Pacodali.

“We wanted to get him to the Ballarat fourth-up,” Raymond said. “Ideally, he wouldn’t be on a back but he just took a little bit longer to come up for his first run.

“I think it’s still turned out quite well because he came through the Eclipse Stakes really well.

“We’re confident he’s ready fitness-wise and he’ll be ready to run a strong 2000m on Saturday.”

Raymond was the Warrnambool-based foreperson for former trainer Darren Weir, who left the sport in disgrace in 2019.

Raymond subsequently worked with trainer Lindsey Smith before branching out on her own late last year. She has won four races with three of those being over 2000m and further.

Aside from Pacodali, Raymond will run import Wentwood in the Global Turf Handicap over 2600m. Raymond said she’s more at home training stayers than sprinters early in her career.

“I probably prefer a staying type myself because I think I’ve had a bit more experience in my time working with some nice stayers,” she said.

“I think it’s just the stock that we’ve got in at the moment that they’re able to progress up to this distances.”

TAB has Pacodali as a $15 chance in the Ballarat Cup while Wentwood is a $7 hope to win his assignment.

Originally published asShoe could fit Pacodali at Ballarat

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