Picnic filly Gossitino set to tackle crack field in Creswick Stakes at Flemington

A filly who has won a Balnarring picnic maiden will follow her owner’s “have a go” attitude when takes on a hot field in the Creswick Stakes.When Ryan Kirkhope wants to give something a go he follows through.Back in 2016 the part-owner of Gossitino, the $201 rank outsider in the Listed AR Creswick Stakes at Flemington, gave rodeo a crack only to be pulverised by a “division two” bull at Lang Lang.“It is a crack field, we’re not there thinking we’re going to come out and blow wind up anything,” self-employed fencing contractor and budding racehorse owner-breeder Kirkhope said.“We’re going there to have a crack, it’s horse racing and you never know sometimes.“Kirkhope and fellow part-owner Jarrod Olsen paid $3500 for the filly in an online sale after she could do no better than fourth (twice) in eight starts for Robbie Griffiths and Matt de Kock.Gossitino went close to breaking the 20-year-old 1000m Balnarring picnic track record in April, only her second start for hobby trainer Ray Caldwell, to earn a return to the provincial races.She placed third in a Benchmark 58 at Kyneton two starts back and then finished just outside the minor money at Moe.“She’s come a long way since then (Balnarring),” Kirkhope said.“She’s been working well so no reason not to (enter her at Flemington), she’s been entered before (in a restricted Listed race) when she was with Robbie Griffiths.“We thought we’d go and have a go.”Gossitino has paid her way, pocketing more than $6000 prizemoney the past four starts.She’s not guaranteed a collect on Saturday with prizemoney only paid down to eighth place.“In all fairness, what she’s done already she’s paid for herself,” Kirkhope said.“Anything we do now is really a bonus on what she cost.”Kirkhope’s true blue “have a go” attitude was the catalyst for the brief 2016 foray into rodeo.“I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself a bull rider but I did have a go at it,” Kirkhope said.“I always wanted to give it a go, so I did. “I was lucky enough to only break a rib out of it, he ran over me about five times.”Caldwell has booked apprentice jockey Carleen Hefel to ride Gossitino.“I haven’t looked at the fields, worry about it later,” Caldwell said.“We’ll put in a good show, that’s for sure.” Originally published as Picnic filly Gossitino set to tackle crack field in Creswick Stakes at Flemington