Sydney premiership winning trainer Chris Waller remains confident that his trio of hopes in the 2012 Rosehill Guineas this Saturday will be competitive despite his top chance drawing poorly for the classic.
In the capacity 18-starter plus two emergency field for the $500,000 Group 1 Flinders Lane Rosehill Guineas (2000m) Waller will launch a triple-pronged attack with Said Com, Big Time and Hoylonny.
Two of the three stablemates, however, have work to do from their double-digit Rosehill Guineas barriers with Said Com in 20 and Hoylonny in 18 if they are to hand Waller his first success in the popular autumn feature.
Only Corey Brown mount Big Time had any luck, the Danewhil gelding drawing gate five as they step up to Group company for the first time.
Of Waller’s chances the best fancied in the Rosehill Guineas odds at bookmaker.com.au is his last-start Randwick Guineas runner-up Said Com paying $11 in markets led by Kiwi filly Silent Achiever ($4.20).
As yet untested greater than a mile, Waller believes Said Com has what it takes to improve on their last start, overcome the gate, get the distance and be there in the finish on Saturday.
“He’s the perfect horse for a bad draw he’s very adaptable and we’ve probably sacrificed him a couple of times to teach him by going back,” Waller said.
“I hope that’ll all be repaid in a race like Saturday’s race, by getting back and the horse knowing what to do from that point on.
“It was a 10 out of 10 ride (by Dwayne Dunn) last start and probably made the horse look a little bit better.
“Another ride like that would certainly see him in the finish.”
Dunn retains the ride on Said Com for the Rosehill Guineas after guiding them to finish within a quarter length of the brilliant Mosheen.
Hoylonny and Big Time have all but been written off by the punters and bookies for the Rosehill Guineas paying $61 and $101 respectively in the bookmaker.com.au markets.
Waller, however, expects Lonhro colt Hoylonny to also handle their horror barrier after their smart last-start fourth to Upbeat in the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield back on Blue Diamond Day in February.
“It’s probably not going to worry his racing style too much, he naturally gets a slow getaway and doesn’t have a lot of tactical speed,” Waller said.
“He’ll just go back and we’ll ride him for luck.
“We’ve got Big Time in there as well and he has drawn well, and he’ll use his gate to roll forward and put a bit of pressure on up front.
“In group-one racing, anything can happen, you can still get caught three wide from barrier three and you can have bad luck drawing barrier one.
“It’s the time of the year where you do need to run and hope for a bit of luck anyway.”
Along with Silent Achiever, out to complete the same NZ Derby – Rosehill Guineas double Jimmy Choux was successful with last year, the other top fancies for Saturday through bookmaker.com.au are the Gai Waterhouse-trained Randwick Guineas third placed Laser Hawk ($5.50) and fellow Kiwi Ocean Park ($8).
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