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Rawiller has many happy returns in tough Hong Kong challenge
Sick of the wet . . . Mentality, which needs a dry track to show his best, is
heading towards the Villiers. Photo: Jenny Evans
P remier Sydney jockey Nash
Rawiller celebrated his 36th
birthday by snaring a leg of
the International Jockeys'
Championship in Hong Kong on
Wednesday night but finished third
behind three-time champion UK
rider Ryan Moore.
Fellow Australian Brett Prebble,
who is based in Hong Kong, was
outed for eight meetings on an
improper-riding charge after stew-
ards found him guilty of raising a
forearm and pushing Japanese rider
Hiroyuki Uchida off balance in the
final leg of the challenge.
Prebble is out to make it back-to-
back wins on local hero Sacred King-
dom in Sunday's Hong Kong Sprint,
which is part of the huge interna-
Australian mare Ortensia, which
dropped her trackwork rider last Fri-
day and hit a running rail, will con-
test the International Sprint and
Melbourne Cup winner Americain is
due to run in the Hong Kong Vase.
WEATHER WATCH I
Team Hawkes produced a Summer
Cup contender in Gopana at Rose-
hill on Wednesday, but rain will
determine if stablemates Mentality
and Lone Command start at the
track on Saturday.
''We're praying double it doesn't
rain,'' said Michael Hawkes, who
trains in partnership with father
John and brother Wayne.
''Mentality is flying, he is going as
good as he has and looks enormous.
It is just a matter of ticking him over
and waiting for a dry track. If he runs
Saturday it is more than likely he'll
back-up in the Villiers Stakes, it's the
race we've aimed him at.''
A group 1 winner, Mentality has
been scratched due to wet tracks of
late, as is the case with Lone Com-
mand, which returned with a sixth
behind Shamash in what has turned
out to be a hot form race.
''It was a real good run off a long
spell,'' Hawkes said. ''He was sup-
posed to run last Saturday but
doesn't like soft ground. He is fit and
well and, like Mentality, has drawn
Wyong trainer Stephen Farley hopes
Sincero can lump 60 kilograms in
the Coogee Dolphins Handicap on
the Kensington track on Friday. The
winner of three from six will start
from barrier nine, with regular joc-
key Chris O'Brien sticking solid.
''A very, very nice racehorse,'' Far-
ley said. ''He won first-up at New-
castle beating the older horses and
is back to three-year-olds' com-
pany. It should be a good test for
him with horses like Iberian Pleas-
ure in the race.''
The stable's toiler Oubillydakid
runs in the TAB Number 1 Club Han-
dicap at Rosehill on Saturday. ''He is
back down in the weights with the
2kg claim for Josh Adams,'' Farley
said. ''He was on the worst part of
the track the other day and Josh was
more than happy to ride him again.''
WEATHER WATCH II
Randwick trainer Jason Coyle is
banking on a bit of rain for Patois,
which runs in the last on the Kens-
ington track on Friday. ''She has won
a couple at the provincials and raced
well at Warwick Farm last start,''
Coyle said. ''I'm looking for a bit of
rain, she is much better on a wet
track than a dry one.''
That is not the case with Baci
Amore, which is down to run in the
Tony And Manera Lahood Handicap
at Rosehill on Saturday. ''I'm very,
very happy with the horse,'' Coyle
said. ''I thought he would be very
competitive last Saturday but I had
to wait for a dry track.''
Trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith will
start one of 10 two-year-olds in his
Hawkesbury stable at Rosehill on
Saturday when Golden Feima con-
tests the first race.
''A horse with a lot of promise and
he'll definitely improve with the
experience,'' Mayfield-Smith said. ''I
bought him at the Inglis Classic Sale,
he was a midget; God, he was small. A
lot of people went off him he was that
small, but he was well put together,
has a nice head and eye.''
The price was $28,000, for ''he was
out of a good winning family'', and
Mayfield-Smith said he had grown a
bit. ''I've got 24 horses in work. I'd like
a few more but it is tough for every-
one at the moment,'' he said. ''I'm
going better than a lot of others as far
as numbers are concerned.''
Danny McGrath, Craig Young
Weekend warrior Waller to strike again
LEADING trainer Chris Waller may
have left Rosehill without a winner
on Wednesday but his ''Saturday
streak'' on his home track is set to
continue this weekend.
Waller, who has racked up 18 con-
secutive Saturday wins at Rosehill,
has 11 runners down to run in six of
the eight races and has three run-
ners in the Christmas Cup.
''Three good chances,'' the Kiwi
said. ''They are all hitting their best
form, they know their way round,
they are stable stalwarts.''
Import Strike One goes into the
Christmas Cup having finished
second in the Gosford Cup and filling
a similar place behind stablemate
Beijing Boy at Rosehill last Saturday.
Stablemate Alexander Of Hales
hasn't started since finishing third in
the Gosford Cup, while Bellagio Wynn
was knocked out of action in the Can-
berra Cup after being hammered by
another runner at the start.
''He missed the start by 20
lengths and only got beat six,'' Wal-
ler said. ''Unofficially he won by 14
lengths and he did run fourth in The
''Form and distance wise, Strike
One is the horse to beat, although
Alexander Of Hales looks like he has
come back well and at his best he
could win this race.''
Waller has dominated the bread-
and-butter staying races in Sydney,
with the astute trainer tapping into
the UK tried-thoroughbred market.
Last-start winner Russian Jar,
Patrician's Glory and Carnegies
Cruzin all represent the Waller team
in the final race at Rosehill, over
''Russian Jar shouldn't have to
come from last like he did last start
due to the better draw on Saturday,''
''Patrician's Glory is a promising
English stayer, and you never know
how much they can improve. This is
his second preparation for us. He is
up to a distance. He could be one of
those horses that wins three in a row
if he takes that next step up.
''As for Carnegies Cruzin, he just
can't draw a barrier.''
The most interesting runner for
Waller is the Bob Ingham-owned
blueblood Sikka, which contests the
fourth race. The $1.1 million yearling
purchase motored home first-up last
start to win on the Kensington track,
with the runner-up So So Sure return-
ing to win at Rosehill on Wednesday.
Sikka, which is by Redoute's
Choice, was gelded before returning
for his powerful first-up win.
''He dropped a bit of weight after
the win but he has put it back on,''
Waller said. ''It shows the last run
did knock him around but all indic-
ations are the horse is good and he
appears to have progressed.''
The decision to geld such a valu-
able commodity was put into per-
spective by Waller.
''It wasn't a difficult decision,'' he
said. ''Unless they make it on the race-
track they are not wanted at stud.''
The day starts for Waller with the
juvenile Out Of The Shadow contes-
ting the first. The son of Dane Shad-
ow debuted with a fourth behind
promising type Foxwedge at Rose-
hill three weeks ago.
''A nice young colt who has taken
plenty of benefit out of the debut
run,'' Waller said. ''He may well be
hard to beat.''
As is the Waller team at Rosehill
''We did have a second on Wed-
nesday,'' Waller said. ''I reckon I
have either won a race or finished
second in one at each Rosehill
meeting for at least a year.''
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