As trainer Joe Pride fights it out for fourth spot in the Sydney Trainers’ Premiership he is also looking forward to saddling-up See The World on a rain-affected Rosehill track in the 2015 Winter Stakes this weekend.
Chris Waller (137) is more than 50 wins clear of his closest rival – Godolphin’s John O’Shea (78-1/2) – as he closes in on his fourth Premiership win, while Pride (42) could finish fourth if he can hold off Team Hawkes (41) and Peter & Paul Snowden.
“I knew I would have my work cut out to beat the Hawkes and the Snowdens so I’m pretty pleased with where we are now,” Pride told AAP.
“I thought it would be a battle. Peter and Paul Snowden have had a great season but we’ve had more winners in Sydney.”
Helping him do just that would be a win in Saturday’s Sydney feature race, the $100,000 Listed Sydney Markets Limited Winter Stakes (1400m) where he saddles-up veteran galloper See The World.
One of 11 still in the Winter Stakes field this season, evergreen eight-year-old Danzero gelding See The World is drawn wide in barrier 12 (into 10) and Hugh Bowman is booked to ride him on 58kg.
That’s a kilo more than the horse had last start when finishing a brave third behind the O’Shea-trained Haussmann and flying mare Two Blue who ran the quinella in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) on a Heavy (8) Rosehill track on July 4.
It is a similar line-up to the Civic Stakes a fortnight later in Saturday’s Winter Stakes field where the Kristen Buchanan-trained six-year-old Two Blue is the current $4.20 faovurite through Ladbrokes.com.au.
The Waller-trained proven wet tracker You’ll Never ($5) is the next best in Winter Stakes betting followed by Godolphin’s Civic Stakes winner Haussmann ($6).
See The World meanwhile is also at single figures to turn the tables on his last start conqueror paying $9, in from $10, to take out the Black-Type to secure his first win since July of 2013.
It’s been a long two years between drinks then for a galloper Pride opted to rest for 12 months between May of 2014 and this year when he returned to racing at Randwick two months ago.
“He wasn’t injured. We just decided to give him an extra-long spell,” Pride explained.
“We brought him back for a preparation and gave him a couple of trials but I wasn’t happy so we sent him out again.”
His form has been on the improve since then with a Winter Dash third behind Timeless Prince on June 20 and then the same placing in the Civic Stakes where he jumped at a similar 10/1 price he’s at for this weekend’s rematch.
“He’s come back well this time. He doesn’t mind wet tracks and I’m very happy going into the race,” Pride added.
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