From Bernie Kelly
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 7, Festival Stakes) With Bobbing on the 53kg limit, regular jockey Koby Jennings is unable to make the weight so James Innes Jnr will ride. The horse tackles the Festival Stakes at his 3rd start this campaign after resuming with a barnstorming 3rd to Handle The Truth in the Kosciuszko before a sound 4th under a big weight at Newcastle. At Newcastle, he carried 60 kilos and had four weeks between runs. Whether I was a bit kind to him, that was debatable. He went well but with the good, strong tempo it made him carry his weight. He’s in good order and he’s probably getting out to his right distance now.
From Keith Dryden
Horse: Handle The Truth
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 8, Starlight Stakes) We’d like to be back for the autumn carnival then go to Brisbane for the winter. I didn’t want to go to the 1500m of the Festival because I’m not 100 per cent sure how far he will travel, and I’m still looking after the horse, but I wanted to test him against the better horses. I’m no tyre kicker, if he didn’t measure up I’m not putting him on a float to Queensland to race (next prep) if he’s going to struggle. On the advice of jockey Blaike McDougall (in the Goulburn Cup) I am removing the pacifiers from the gelding as the rider was adamant he tends to not want to go between horses. Jumping and being there on the bunny running second all the time isn’t a bad thing but if I can settle him down and he doesn’t race as keen he might finish off that bit better. Not that it’s been bad but I’m searching for that little improvement.
From Natalie Jarvis
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 2, TAB Highway Hcp) 4YO gelding Pauper has almost repaid his purchase price already with an ideal balance of tactical speed and closing stamina for a winning double. Dominant wins at Moruya and Nowra with a hefty 59kg came in smart time. The wide barrier (on Saturday) dictates how Tommy (Berry) rides but the important thing is he’s a big strider who needs galloping room. The way he’s been winning, and if he takes it further on Saturday – and we think he can – we’ll be looking at the Country Championships and our Moruya Cup for the owners. He’ll get out to 1400m. Just so big, strong and athletic and still lightly-raced. And he’s thrived in the open yards, fresh air and the river down here.
From The Editor
Sydney Race 1 – Muntaseera
Sydney Race 5 – Invictus Salute
Sydney Race 7 – Bobbing