After failing to stay in touch with the winner last time out, jockey Thomas Huet will give quality galloper Wouldnt It Be Nice a cold ride off the pace in the Civic Stakes 2015 at Rosehill Gardens on the weekend.
Two back the Paul Perry-trained Choisir four-year-old from Newcastle Wouldnt It Be Nice caught the eye when coming from second last to run down Group 1 performed mare Avoid Lightning in the Listed June Stakes (1100m) at Royal Randwick with Huet in the saddle.
Next start Huet was aboard the gelding again for a run on a Heavy (10) track back at Randwick in the Winter Dash (1200m) where he could only manage to finish three and a half lengths away fifth out of six runners behind the winner Timeless Prince on June 20.
While Perry and connections aren’t critical of Huet’s ride that day, where the horse was taken up on the pace early on the straight after setting fifth before dropping out of contention, they said instructions for the weekend will be to give the sprinter a more conservative ride in the $100,000 Listed Civic Stakes (1350m).
“There was nothing wrong with Thomas’s ride in the Winter Dash, but it was probably too good for this horse,” the Broadmeadow stable representative Nathan Perry told The Daily Telegraph.
“He won’t hit the line when ridden up on the speed. He needs to be ridden cold and saved for the one finishing sprint.
“The Civic Stakes has a bigger field so it gives Thomas the chance to ride him more quietly early.”
A full field of 12 will face off in the Civic Stakes this winter, the John O’Shea-trained first emergency Medcaut already getting a run after the early scratching of the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Rose Of Choice who had the inside alley.
Of the starters race favourite in the latest Civic Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is Team Snowden’s remaining contender Dothraki ($3.40 into $3.10), the market mover drawn wide but coming off a good win in the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast from Tatt’s Tiara Day.
Wouldnt It Be Nice is also at single figures in Civic Stakes betting paying $7.50, followed by winner over 1200m at the track last Saturday Two Blue ($8) and Joe Pride’s Winter Dash third placed eight-year-old See The World ($9).
Huet agrees with the stable’s assessment of the way Wouldnt It Be Nice should best be ridden and was happy to hold back as long as possible on Saturday before producing the horse late.
“Even though he was in the perfect spot last start it didn’t suit him,” he said.
“He is the type of horse you have to ride very quietly in order for him to produce that big finish.”
Huet has a total of five rides across the Rosehill racecard for Perry this Saturday with his others for the stable being aboard Surfin’ Safari (Race 1), Ghost Protocol (Race 2), fellow imported stayer Der Meister (Race 3), Kokomo (Race 5) and outside hope Scratch Me Lucky (Race 8).
Perry rates all of them a chance, including Snitzel three-year-old Scratch Me Lucky, runner-up to Peggy Jean as a juvenile in last year’s Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes, in the last despite the horse having run a distant last first-up at Randwick over 1400m on June 20 with Huet aboard.
“Scratch Me Lucky continues to work well, he’s fitter and we are hoping for a vast improvement from him,” he said.
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