In-form jockey Nash Rawiller is excited by the prospect of partnering Japanese raider Hana’s Goal for this first time competitively in this weekend’s featured Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick.
Partnering Hana’s Goal in a strong and successful piece of work at Randwick on Tuesday morning, Rawiller told TVN he believes he is jumping aboard at the right time.
“She wasn’t sent out to do anything too much but she seems to have come through her run really well and felt good, so fingers crossed she is a nice ride on Saturday” Rawiller said.
“She seem to be holding her form, this is the main thing.”
Producing an eye-catching turn of foot to finish a fighting sixth in the major Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) last time out, Rawiller said he is confident the Orewa Matteruze mare is capable of securing a major title in her current Australian campaign.
“I can just feel that she has the class to win a Group 1; I am just hoping to get the best out of her” Rawiller said.
“I’m glad it is looking like there will be a decent sized field, that should create some speed hopefully, she can sit off that and have the last shot at them.
Unable to make an impact when 14th in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) when first arriving on Australian shores, Rawiller said a horse like champion of that event Steps In Time could prove to be an ideal pace setter for Hana’s Goal in the All Aged Stakes this weekend.
“In those races, you need some things to go your way, it wasn’t really the case for her, I think if we get on the right horse’s back she will be right in it and have the last shot at them” Rawiller said.
Rawiller will be aiming to secure only his second All Aged Stakes title on Hana’s Goal this weekend, having secured the 2007 edition with talented gelding Bentley Biscuit.
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