What Separates These Two Reed Runners?
Not much has ever separated Bechers Brook and Golden State.
The pair started racing within three months of each other.
They competed in the Four-Year-Old Classic at Gloucester Park last year, as well as key lead up races to that Group 1.
They have also had three runs back this campaign.
Bechers Brook has a slightly superior record of 12 wins from 24 starts, while Golden State has scored 10 times from 26 starts.
Reinsman Mark Reed isn’t sure who the superior of the two is.
“I’ve changed my mind about four, five or six times,” Reed told GPTV when asked who was the better of the two runners.
Thankfully for Reed, he doesn’t need to separate them this Friday night, given they line up in different races and look set to give him a chance of scoring his 30th win at headquarters for the season.
Golden State finally looks set to have his best chance this campaign to score a win, when he lines up in the Quayside Transport Pace (2130m).
The son of Big Jim has drawn nine, eight and nine in his three starts this campaign, but has a chance to make his presence felt this week from barrier six.
However, it will be far from easy for Golden State in the event, as he takes on in-form pair Lady De La Renta and Ruling Gold, as well as the highly talented Saying Grace.
Reed said he was likely to use Golden State’s gate speed and indicated he had a “better than even money chance” of crossing to the lead.
“He’s got blistering gate speed and we just haven’t used it,” he said.
“His first two runs back from a spell he’s drawn nine and we’ve just gone back and the races haven’t been run to suit.
“He’s going really well, he’s just got a long way out of his ground.
“He’s actually made up a bit of ground off the track.
“He will be a lot better horse in front on the pegs.
“I think there’s a good chance he could cross and if he does he should be hard to beat.”
While Golden State may have a bit of a battle on his hands to lead, the task looks significantly easier for Bechers Brook to lead in the Elan Energy Pace (2536m).
The son of Somebeachsomewhere has already scored two wins in his three starts back this campaign and has drawn ideally to make it three from four this Friday night.
Bechers Brook has just Im Lisart inside him and his biggest dangers have drawn to his outside.
Mighty Santana and Vincenzo Perrugia loom as two runners that may look to cross Bechers Brook in the early stages and Reed is on high alert.
“He’s got a good draw in barrier two, it’s just whether he can take advantage of it or not,” Reed said.
“I think I can cross Im Lisart if I hold the others to my outside.
“I’m not confident I can hold the others, because he’s not blistering out of the gate.
“We will try and give him a sprint up in the prelim and do our best to hold them.
“If he can hold them, he should be hard to beat.”
Reed’s only other drive on the program is Maczaffair in the Rotary Club Of Fremantle Pace (1730m).
All three runners are trained by Reed’s father Mike.