“He has freshened-up good, I wasn’t going to run him until the Show County in two weeks but he worked real good last Saturday and I started thinking about this race” … Gerald Ryan on his horse Adnocon.ROSEHILL horseman Gerald Ryan says prizemoney levels and conditions surrounding tomorrow’s Rosebud and other feature races need to be looked into. The $100,000 handicap attracted just six runners. ”You run in these races and you don’t get the BOBS bonus,” Ryan said. ”Australian Star was looking to win four in a row in town and I ran him in a benchmark race instead of the Winter Stakes. If he’d won the benchmark he would have picked up just over $68,000 with the BOBS, the Stakes he would have won $60,000. ”The Winter Stakes was also a listed race, if he’d run a place he would have got a weight penalty and he is only a restricted horse.” Ryan’s sprinter Adnocon will start in tomorrow’s Missile Stakes having returned from Queensland where the gelding picked up a win at Eagle Farm two runs ago. ”He has done well, looks well,” Ryan said. ”He has freshened-up good, I wasn’t going to run him until the Show County in two weeks but he worked real good last Saturday and I started thinking about this race. A small field but there still looks to be enough speed in it for him. He’ll get back and run home.”
Local trainer Gary Portelli has last-start winners Mickelberg and Butt I’m Ready running at Warwick Farm tomorrow. Mickelberg is in the Zoffany At Coolmore, while Butt I’m Ready runs in the last. ”Butt I’m Ready has won his last two and I’m hoping he has got his confidence back,” Portelli said. ”He has been helped by the wet tracks, it might be his time of year but he has shown to me he is interested in racing again. Mickelberg has done well since she won. The small field and home track advantage are positives and she’ll appreciate a dry track as well.” Both will be ridden by Brenton Avdulla. ”He is riding well for us at the moment, we’re having a bit of luck.”
The Bart Cummings-trained Norzita steamed home to win at Rosehill three weeks ago and is out to go back-to-back in town. The filly runs in the opening event at Warwick Farm tomorrow. ”She is a really green filly who only has upside,” said James Cummings, who is Bart’s grandson and Randwick foreman for the master. ”If she doesn’t find herself in one of the better fillies’ races this preparation it will be the next.” The Cummings-trained Dragonzone made it back-to-back wins when outstaying rivals at Newcastle on Wednesday and Cummings jnr warns his best is yet to come.
Back in grade
Michael Hawkes says the stable’s leading spring cups contenders Maluckyday and Niwot are now housed at Flemington, but the Rosehill operation remains home to Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard. ”He is due to run in the San Domenico next weekend and Dwayne Dunn will ride,” said Hawkes, who trains alongside father John and brother Wayne, who runs the Flemington yard. At Warwick Farm tomorrow, Team Hawkes has Embark entered for the Zoffany At Coolmore after a seventh in the listed Winter Stakes, which followed a win at Rosehill. ”Her form had been ultra-consistent and we decided to give her a crack at a stakes race,” Hawkes said. ”At this stage she was a little out of her depth, so we decided to freshen her up and bring her back to 1200 metres. The small field suits and she gets in well with the [1.5kg] claim.”
Anyone rocking up to Warwick Farm tomorrow in a Wallabies or All Blacks jumper gets in free. And the ATC’s racebook competition winner will take home a signed Wallabies jersey and be able to take three friends to the Bledisloe Cup clash at ANZ Stadium on August 18.
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