A big weekend is in store for Go Racing owners as they seek out valuable wins on both sides of the Tasman.
In New Zealand, Group 2 winner Ruud Not Too competes in the last Group 1 on the domestic calender in the $200,000 Te Aroha Breeders Stakes over a mile. “She is against a quality field of mares, but is very well and should have conditions to suit”, says Racing Manager Albert Bosma. “1600 metres is her best distance, she prefers racing right handed, has won at Te Aroha and most importantly, she should get her favoured Good 3 to Dead 4 track conditions.”
Trainer Stephen Marsh is confident he has her in the right frame for the race. “Just ignore her last start, the track was too wet and she just can’t sprint on those. She is a different proposition on a true surface. She looks terrific and is all dappled up and a happy horse. I expect her to show cheek.” Sam Spratt, who rode her into 5th place in this race as a three-year-old, two-years-ago, takes the ride.
In Sydney on the first day of The Championships, Chris Waller saddles up Alward for the Go Racing Big Al syndicate, who is a $4 favourite for the $300,000 Group 2 Chairmans Handicap over 2600 metres. “His form has been outstanding this time in” says Racing Manager Albert Bosma. “He could easily be unbeaten with a touch of luck in any of his races this preparation. His 2nd two weeks ago in the Group 3 Manion Cup over 2400 metres was excellent coming from last on an unsuitable wet track. It was a great trial for this race.
He gets his favoured good track conditions this Saturday, but again has an awkward draw to overcome. “It will be up to jockey Kerrin McEvoy to find a good position for him, but he knows him well and is the right man for the job. It is his first crack at 2600 metres, but his race two weeks ago suggested the distance is well within his range.”
A good performance on Saturday will see him line up in the $2 Million Sydney Cup on Saturday the 14th of April, where he will carry just 50 kilograms.
The final black-type runner for Go Racing is Major Ish Coux who contests the Listed NZB Insurance Stakes at Riccarton on Saturday. The Three-Year-Old fillies race over 1600 metres is a lead-in to her main target, the Listed 2000 metre Warstep Stakes on the 21st of April.
“We expect her to run well and belie her longs odds”, says Albert. “We pulled the pin on her Oaks preparation as she wasn’t quite ready for that step yet. She’s freshened up well and the draw suits. She is an improving filly that will be progressive as she matures”.
Trainer Andrew Carston is very happy with her. “She has eaten everything in sight, so is well. Sometimes it is difficult to keep a lid on her, so she will improve with this race ahead of her main target in two weeks time. She has drawn nicely and is a good beginner, so should be able to sit handy.”
The very experienced Terry Moseley takes the ride and she should enjoy the good track conditions.