When you share the same mother as champion racehorse Makybe Diva and bring in $1.2 million in your yearling sale you’re going to be in the spotlight wherever you go, which is what four-year-old gelding Rodway has come to learn.
These two factors have also set some unrealistic expectations on how he should perform and after winning just three of his eleven career starts, many believe he has yet to live up to his price tag.
Rodway was a runner-up in a benchmark 70 two starts ago before winning a benchmark 64 last time out. He began smartly and was a handy fourth early on before being shuffled back to seventh between runners at the 800m mark. He managed to save ground, getting a split nearing the turn and dashing clear to win by a shoulder.
He is one of nine stayers contesting the KS Environmental Handicap (2400m) at Sandown on Saturday, offering odds of $9.50 in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Trainer Peter Moody is more than happy with how Rodway’s career is progressing and isn’t bothered with external expectations.
“This poor bloke’s just got the stigma of a big yearling price tag and a very famous sister,” he told RSN’s Racing Ahead.
“But he’s a progressive horse, he’s just slowly working through the grades and I think he’s another one that in 12 months is going to be a nice handicapper and whacking away looking at country cups and the like.
“I still don’t think he’s a fully-mature horse yet and that’s very typical of this family.
“It’s all ahead of him, and we’re mindful of that, so we’ll just take it a run at a time and let him mature slowly. Whether we can recoup his yearling price is a question mark, but he’ll give the owners a lot of fun for the next few seasons.”
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