Baster Confident in Underwood Chances of Star Rolling

Partnering the classy gelding in each of his two race starts this time in, jockey Stephen Baster is confident Star Rolling will figure as a serious contender when lining up for this weekend’s featured Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.

Star Rolling (inside) winning the 2014 P.B. Lawrence Stakes

Star Rolling (inside) winning the 2014 P.B. Lawrence Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Unlucky to be balloted out of several key events over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, Star Rolling returned to the track in excellent form this time in; sprinting well enough to win the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up on August 16th, but was unable to handle the late pace when fading for sixth in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley last time out.

Pleased with a strong gallop produced at Caulfield on Tuesday morning, Baster told AAP he is confident Star Rolling will return to competitive condition and lay a great account for himself in the 2014 Underwood Stakes.

“The other day was a bit out of character. He was a bit disappointing but he couldn’t have worked any better on Tuesday so I’m very happy with the way he is,” Baster said.

“Hopefully he bounces back from the other day.

“I think he definitely worked better on Tuesday than he did the week leading into the Moonee Valley race.

“Hopefully the first-up run just knocked him around a bit and now he’s over that and ready to fire.”

Securing a commendable total of five race wins and a further two minor places from just 13 competitive starts so far, Star Rolling was unlucky to be balloted out of several of his major racing targets through the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival but still managed several impressive results; namely victory in the Listed Penang Trophy (1800m) on September 21st.

Returning in autumn for four competitive starts, the Casino Prince gelding finished fifth in the Listed John Dillon Stakes (1400m) first-up before running second in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) and third in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m); returning to the paddock after failing to beat a single runner home in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).

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