Ihtsahymn has been transferred to the care of Patrick Payne for a 2015 Spring Racing Carnival campaign, and the Melbourne-based trainer is confident the rising four-year-old will return to competition in peak condition.
Posting seven wins and a further three minors through 21 career starts so far, Ihstahymn began his racing career under the guidance of Fred Kersley in Perth during the early stages of 2013 and stamped his claims as one to watch instantly; taking out his debut race by close to two lengths.
Having returned to the paddock following an inconsistent six start preparation through the 2014 Perth Summer Carnival, Payne told Racing Victoria he is thrilled to have been given the training rights of the Ihtiram gelding for his maiden Melbourne Spring Carnival.
“He came over and we had a little bit of trouble with him and we put him out and he’s come back and blossomed,” Payne said.
“I’m really glad we gave him a freshen-up. Fred Kersley and the owners are really patient, so they said stop and start again. I’m really glad we did because he’s going so much better this time than last time.”
Payne revealed the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on August 8th will likely figure as the first point of call for Ihtsahymn in spring, and while yet to confirm a specific target, is likely to look towards a race like the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) towards the end of his campaign, should form and results warrant a berth.
“He’ll run on the 8th of August in the Aurie’s Star or the 1400-metre race and we’ll work out what we do after that,” Payne added.
Ihtsahymn undoubtedly found career-best form to date through the 2013 edition of the Perth Summer Carnival; highlighted by successes in each of the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m), Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) and Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m).
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