Helen Page has a lot of plans in the pipeline for four-year-old gelding Rudy that all hinge on his performance in the Listed Recognition Stakes (1630m) at Doomben Racecourse this Saturday.
Page wanted to give Rudy a light summer campaign in Brisbane to boost his prize money which would open the doors of top Group races during the autumn in Sydney and winter in Brisbane to the gelding.
His final run of the summer was due to be in Saturday’s Recognition Stakes but after two second placings in the last month, Page has planned a trip to Sydney next month for the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.
However a run in the 2014 Villiers Stakes hinges entirely on Rudy’s performance in Saturday’s Recognition Stakes, for which he is the $2.70 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au.
“It has been partly successful because he has run two very good seconds this campaign. But it would be nice to get a bit more in the bank before next year,” Page told Sky Racing.
“We have been talking about the Villiers but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. The main thing is to have a happy and contented horse and he will tell us what he is ready to do.”
Rudy is an exceptional runner on wet tracks having won four of his five starts in rain-affected going. Lucky for Page, the ground at Doomben couldn’t be any wetter after heavy rain fell in Brisbane on Thursday afternoon, which will give the gelding a leg up over many of his rivals.
“As I keep saying Rudy is as good on dry tracks it is just some of the others can’t handle the wet,” Page said.
Rudy last tackled the mile in April’s Group 3 APHS Gunsynd Classic (1600m) at Eagle Farm Racecourse, just down the road from Doomben.
The gelding has a lot riding for him this Saturday. His Villiers Stakes run hinges on success in the Recognition Stakes and his autumn and winter campaigns hinge on a hefty pool of prize money.
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