Rawiller Wants the Century Not the Tiara

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Jockey Nash Rawiller is chasing 100 wins in Sydney for the season

Sydney’s ace jockey Nash Rawiller has opted to bypass riding in the season’s final elite level feature in Brisbane this weekend and will instead continue to chase his 100 city winning rides at home.

Eagle Farm Racecourse will be host to a premier day’s racing this Saturday, the meeting headlined by the concluding Group 1 race of the season, the $500,000 Group Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) which was previously registered as the Winter Stakes.

Rawiller, however, won’t be aboard one of the classy fillies and mares.

The hoop has turned his back on the thoroughbred major to carry on with his mission to rack up 100 winners in Sydney before the season’s end.

“I’m really keen to try and ride 100 winners in Sydney this season, so I’ll stay home this weekend,” Rawiller confirmed.

The jockey is 13 away from the 100 and has 12 remaining city meetings left to enter the select century-scoring society.

Chris Waller, Sydney’s Premiership-leading trainer, has been the talk of the town as he also closes in on his century of metro winners for the season, a feat that eluded him last Saturday when he failed to enter the winner’s stall at Rosehill.

Waller saddled up 10 horses over the eight-race meeting but he could only manage to produce a handful of placings and as such remains a hat-trick away from the 100 for the season.

Rawiller, who also has a nice association with rival Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse, was aboard three of Waller’s Rosehill runners last Saturday, his best result being a third on We Betcha in Race 7.

The trainer-jockey duo will again combine this Wednesday at Warwick Farm and then Rawiller will enjoy a strong book of rides for both Waterhouse and Peter Snowden on Saturday at Rosehill.

Waller has seven runners engaged for Warwick Farm tomorrow, while Rawiller is booked for six rides in total, two of which are for Waller.

The two Waller-trained hopefuls to have Rawiller in the mount are the in-form Mikiyama in the $27,000 Ashcroft Handicap (2400m) and Tale Of The Cat three-year-old Great Heart in the $27,000 Miller Handicap (1400m).

Rawiller will then back-up at Gosford on Friday with a ride in the black-type feature of the day, the $100,000 Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m).

Waterhouse has Rawiller on board her star Not A Single Doubt colt Squamosa in the Takeover Target, last year’s Golden Rose runner-up seeking their second win for the season after a devastating first-up win by five lengths in the Listed June Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on June 11.

Squamosa has been allocated 55.5kg for Friday, a weight Rawiller is confident he can get to for the prized ride.

“I should be able to make the weight to ride Squamosa – if he received 55kg it would have been a lot harder,” Rawiller said.

“At this time of year it’s difficult for me to ride that light. But for Squamosa, he’s worth it.”