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Rawiller sets sights on 10th group 1
NASH RAWILLER is aiming to cap a
benchmark season and making it
10 group 1 triumphs by winning
Saturday's Winter Stakes on the
smart Gai Waterhouse-trained
mare Gold Water.
''It is a real good race and a lot of
them have had long preparations,''
Rawiller said. ''If it comes down to
the strongest survivor she'll be
right in the finish.''
Gold Water goes into the Winter
Stakes after chasing home Metal
Bender in the Doomben Cup.
And Rawiller has copped the tip
from Waterhouse's leading
trackwork rider and provincial go-to
jockey Mark Newnham.
''She had a couple of quiet weeks
after a tough run in the Doomben
Cup,'' Rawiller said. ''I would have
preferred it to be over a mile or 1500m
instead of 1400, but Mark has gone up
to Brisbane a couple of times to ride
her trackwork and he was really
happy with her. He talked me into
going up and riding her.''
This time in Gold Water has fin-
ished runner-up in the group 1
Coolmore Classic and Doomben
Cup, and there have been placings
in the Emancipation Stakes and
Hollindale Cup. ''She has been most
consistent, she hasn't let anyone
down yet,'' Rawiller said.
The Gerald Ryan-trained three-
year-old Melito is set to start favourite
in the Winter Stakes. The filly won the
group 1 T J Smith Stakes at Randwick
then finished in the placings in four
subsequent group 1 races, culminat-
ing in last Saturday week's narrow
second in the Stradbroke Handicap.
''She is top class,'' Rawiller said,
adding that last-start Dane Ripper
Stakes winner Set For Fame and the
New Zealander Wealth Princess add
further strength to the final group 1
race for the season. ''If you had have
asked me at the start of the season if
I could do it [ride 10 group 1 win-
ners] I wouldn't have imagined it has
turned out as good as it has.
''It has been awesome and I only
won one group 1 in the spring, the
Flight Stakes on More Joyous, and
didn't ride one in Melbourne.
''I won the Railway on Sniper's Bul-
let over in Western Australia, that
was good. Theseo winning the Chip-
ping Norton was a good confidence
booster, and it flowed on from there.''
Adding further weight to a stellar
performance is the fact Rawiller
teamed up with five different train-
ers to notch the nine winners.
''You put yourself in the right spot
and hope it happens,'' he said.
''Someone's bad luck has been my
good fortune, too.
''Hugh Bowman was suspended
when I won the Rosehill Guineas,
Corey Brown had the fall and I
picked up the Rangirangdoo ride in
In the midst of claiming the sea-
son's group 1 jockeys' title Rawiller
has roared to the top of the Sydney
jockeys' premiership and is out to
claim a maiden title having settled in
the harbour city three years ago.
Rawiller has racked up 74 winners
on Sydney tracks this season, lead-
ing Brown by four.
But Rawiller knows only too well
what he has to do to clinch the title,
keep on riding winners.
The group 1 master
Nash Rawiller's major winners
Flight Stakes: More Joyous
Railway Stakes: Sniper's Bullet
Chipping Norton Stakes: Theseo
Ranvet Stakes: Theseo
Rosehill Guineas: Zabrasive
Doncaster Mile: Rangirangdoo
AJC Oaks: Once Were Wild
TJ Smith: Pressday
Stradbroke Hcp: Black Piranha
Friday, June 25, 2010
Berry's eyes fixed on winning Sydney apprentices' title
Leading the way . . . Tommy Berry is enjoying a great season. Photo: Jenny Evans
''I'LL win it, I'm confident, I don't like
getting beaten,'' was the call from
leading apprentice Tommy Berry.
Berry has 40 Sydney wins for the
season, leading rival Brenton Avdulla
by seven in the pursuit of the Sydney
Berry has six mounts at Randwick
on Saturday and Avdulla seven.
''I'm looking forward to riding
Brom Brom for Joe Pride,'' Berry
said. ''Joe said the horse had
improved. He wouldn't be running
him in an open handicap if he wasn't
''Stablemate Rogue Warrior is
another. He won well at Canterbury
and the form around him is holding
up well. With no weight it looks a
Berry rides Alittlebitofmonica in
the third for trainer Marc Conners.
''She won well at Gosford and
again at Canterbury,'' Berry said.
''She has been working great and
Keep a watch out for Crossbow in
a maiden somewhere. The Gai
Waterhouse youngster came from
last to win a maiden in style at
Gosford on Wednesday only to
have the race declared void by
Racing NSW stewards due to an
electrical fault opening the
''It is disappointing for the
connections of all horses, and the
Gosford Race Club is happy to
compensate them to the tune of
$1000 per runner,'' GRC chief
James Heddo said.
The Randwick track has copped
42 millimetres of rain since Monday
and a heavy nine rating is forecast
''That has just topped us up, we
were just starting to dry out from
the torrential rain two weeks ago,''
AJC track manager David Hodgson
said on Thursday. ''We postponed
barrier trials set down for tomorrow
to next Friday, the steeplegrass
track was bottomless.' '
Six of best for Prebble
There was a downside to Australian
jockey Brett Prebble's historic six
winners at Hong Kong's Happy
Valley meeting last Sunday. Prebble,
who won the Golden Slipper in April
on Crystal Lily, missed his son
Thomas playing AFL in Melbourne.
''If he plays often enough, then he
will be able to play in the grand final
later in the year,'' Prebble told the
South China Morning Post. ''Well,
you wouldn't want to know it, he's
kicked his first goal today, which is
a big thing for him and I'm sorry I
wasn't there to see it. Lucky I was
kicking a few goals of my own here
-- I know he'll be thrilled with that.''
It was the first time a jockey has
ridden six winners in Hong Kong.
Prebble rode five of them for trainer
Casper Fownes who also had another
winner on the day to become only the
second trainer in Hong Kong history
to bag six on one day.
Prebble is out to end Douglas
Whyte's nine-year reign as
champion jockey in Hong Kong. With
six meetings and 58 races to go,
Prebble leads Whyte by nine.
Gun sprinter to race off
A match race over 800 metres
between global star Takeover Target
and gun sprinter Apache Cat, who are
both in retirement, is being mooted.
Judging by the way Takeover
Target breezed down the Gosford
straight on Tuesday the 10-year-old
would take some beating. The gelding
led the field out for the Takeover
Target Stakes and punters lined the
enclosure to pat and take pictures of
the eight-time group 1 winner.
''The chiropractor that's looked
after him for the last six years gave
him a 100 per cent rating only once
while he was racing,'' Takeover
Target's trainer Joe Janiak said. ''He
looked at him last week and said 'he
was 100 per cent'.''
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