Armidale trainer heads to the big smoke with Point Centrepoint

Armidale trainer Stirling Osland is likely to venture to Rosehill on Saturday with a much travelled three-year-old Point Centrepoint.

The son of Bull Point came into Osland’s care after six Victorian failures at Geelong, Sandown, Tatura, Moe, Mornington and Stony Creek, beaten a combined margin of 64 lengths, but since coming to New South Wales things have turned quickly for the gelding.

After a home-track second he went to Grafton where he tasted success and since then Point Centrepoint has added another two victories, at Armidale and Newcastle along with placings at Muswellbrook, Newcastle and Tamworth.

“Being a BOBS horse, mister (Matthew) Sandblom (owner) thought to bring him back up here and try to get some BOBS money with him before he turns four,” Osland said.

“Things have worked out well. Maybe he just likes racing in the clockwise direction.”

Point Centrepoint has drawn barrier one for Saturday’s De Bortoli Wines 3YO Benchmark 72 Handicap (2000m).

The race is often used by local trainers as a lead-up to the Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday week.

“We didn’t pay him up for the Derby,” Osland said.

“The (next round) acceptances were today and we gave it a miss.

“I spoke to the owner and we decided there’s a couple of suitable races closer to home so we’ll just stay here.

“There’s a few in this race on Saturday that are coming through provincial races so we thought he’s got reasonable form to have a look at the race and there’s another one in town, similar grade for three-year-olds in a fortnight too.

“I think he’s a better horse than what he’s shown as well.

“We’ve put the visors on him rather than the blinkers to try to get him to keep going.

“I think he’s got a tendency to get the wobbles up and switch off when he finds the front.”

At this stage Osland hasn’t secured a jockey for Point Centrepoint which has already received some specking in TAB Fixed Odds betting – firming in from $51 to $41.

Originally published asBushies chasing the big city cash

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