Connections of Darley-owned colt Rusambo are confident they can beat their three rivals in this Saturday’s Zeditave Stakes 2013 but would have liked the merit of that win to be improved with a bigger field size.
The Elusive Quality three-year-old has won two of their nine starts to date and will look to make it a trifecta when they line-up in a diminutive edition of the $120,000 Listed Zeditave Stakes (1200m) on the weekend.
After originally drawing only five acceptors the Zeditave Stakes field has lost even more depth with Peter Moody’s undefeated Hard Spun gelding Royal Haunt withdrawn from the field.
Only a quartet of three-year-olds are left in the mix with Happy Galaxy the odds-on favourite at $1.50 in the bookmaker.com.au markets as the son of Nadeem vies for their third win on the trot after two good Rosehill wins this month most recently by four lengths.
Second pick in the Zeditave Stakes betting markets is then Rusambo at $2.80 who will now jump from gate two with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.
After winning the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley back in August, their second win at the track on the trot, Rusambo backed up two weeks later when stepped up in grade for the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
They were far from disgraced when third to Group 1 performer Snitzerland but suffered a bleeding attack during the run and were forced to spend a mandatory three months on the sidelines.
Returning on Saturday for the Zeditave their assistant trainer Paul Snowden is sure they have what it takes to win their resuming run but would have preferred to be facing off against a few more rivals.
“He’s back and has been going really well,” Snowden said.
“He’s had plenty of work but it’s disappointing about the field size.”
The small field size could also turn what could’ve been an easy black type win for Rusambo into a tricky affair as the tempo is likely to be unsuitably slow for the noted back runner.
“It’s going to be one of those races,” Snowden said.
“There’s four in it and the tempo is probably not going to be there.”
The other two Zeditave Stakes hopefuls that are assured of at least $5,400 just for turning up on Saturday are the Ricky Maund-trained last-start Kilmore winner Timely Truce and Sam Kavanagh’s Shamardal colt Wakeel having just their second start for their new trainer.
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