John Morrisey hasn’t had an overly happy time of it with Teary Eyed this season, the horse only managing to return a single win during a long 11 race campaign.
He will get one more chance to turn things around this weekend when he runs in the Caloundra Cup, a race that’s attracted a strong field and one that will take plenty to get the better of.
His form hasn’t been horrible recently but he’s just lacked that winning edge.
The last time he won was back in April in a Class six at Eagle Farm.
Since then he’s run fourth on the Gold Coast, Seventh at Doomben and then another fourth in the Ipswich Cup last start.
While the campaign has been a long one, dating back to January, Morrisey is still confident the horse has one more good run in him.
It’s an almost identical predicament to the one he faced last year, Teary Eyed ran fourth in the 2010 Ipswich Cup as well, that time in his 10th campaign start.
“He’s been in work a long time but it doesn’t really worry me that much,” Morrisey said.
“He came into work in October last year and this will more than likely be his last start before he goes for a spell.
“The Ipswich Cup was his first run for three weeks and he was a bit lethargic at the start and didn’t want to go early.
“He had to come from a long way back and set himself an impossible task.”
In last year’s Caloundra Cup the horse performed well coming home third to the Group rated Ironstein and Tinseltown.
One big bonus in 2011 is that Ironstein won’t be back to defend his title with Gerald Ryan halting his prep after he won the Tattersall’s Cup.
Morrisey says the horse was unlucky to not have another couple of wins this prep with plenty of bad luck going against him.
Unfortunately that’s continued in the barrier draw this weekend and he’ll be forced to jump from gate 14.
Jason Taylor will be persisted with as the jockey, that’s despite Morrisey saying he has made mistakes with the horse in the past.
“Jason rode him well in the Ipswich Cup but he’s been a very unlucky horse a few times this prep,” Morrisey said.
“Caloundra is a big track and I don’t want to see him coming wide on the home turn.
“I’d rather Jason allow him to get back as normal and then just ride him for luck until he hits the straight.”
Teary Eyed was the front runner in the 2010 Caloundra Cup with less than 200m to go but he just ran out of legs in the final furlong.
“He had to go a bit early in last year’s race but he still looked like winning at the 200 metres before his run died out,” he said
One thing that will change from last year is that whatever happens Teary Eyed won’t be persisted with down to the Grafton Cup as well.
It’s a task he took on in 2010 but it didn’t suit him as he scrambled home in second last.
“I’d prefer not to take him away for the Grafton Cup and he’ll go for a break and come back for another go at these races next year,” Morrisey said.