Former Adelaide Cup winner Rialya will be ridden quiet in Saturday’s 2014 Zipping Classic with new trainer Matt Laurie hoping the horse can finish strongly and atone for a string of unremarkable runs.
The Mornington-based Laurie has been in charge of the former Lloyd Kennewell-trained Adelaide galloper Rialya since late October preparing the seven-year-old veteran for his two most recent runs.
Best known for his 2012 Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) win over the two miles, the son of Kempinsky hasn’t won a race since the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) in Brisbane back in June last year.
Laurie has his fingers crossed for improvement this weekend with the stayer out to break the drought in the $350,000 Group 2 Deadly Design Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown Racecourse.
On debut for Laurie Rialya was a disappointing seventh in the Hamilton Cup (2200m) behind Bunchloch, the galloper racing handy before fading late.
The trainer did see some improvement last time out on November 5 however in the Kyneton Cup (2000m) with Rialya making up late ground, still beaten six and a half lengths when seventh again this time behind Tristram’s Sun.
“I haven’t watched too many of his other races but he certainly took charge at Hamilton and was plain late and that’s why we decided to change it up a bit at Kyneton,” he told The West Australian on Thursday.
The plan on Saturday is to get him back off the pace with Chad Schofield to ride from barrier seven of nine in the Zipping Classic, a race Laurie knows is an obvious rise in class again for a once very capable performer.
“This is a strong race but obviously he’s been a pretty good horse in the past and he can stay,” he said.
“We’ll ride him quiet again and see if he can run on strongly at the finish.”
Leading the latest Zipping Classic odds at Ladbrokes.com.au at $3.50 is recent Moonee Valley Gold Cup winner Prince Of Penzance who ran second to Le Roi in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington last Saturday.
Laurie’s recent stable acquisition meanwhile is the $101 outsider in Zipping Classic betting, a price the trainer is hoping his horse can prove better than after thriving with beach work over the past few weeks.
Should that happen there’s a chance Rialya will back-up on November 22 in the $200,000 Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m).
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