There’s a chance the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Kiwi expat He’s Our Rokkii could scratch out of Saturday’s 2015 Sandown Guineas field due to a wide gate and be saved for the following weekend’s WA Guineas in Perth.
A field of 15 final acceptors are currently set to face off in Sandown Race 7 at 4:40pm (AEST) on Zipping Classic Day in the $250,000 Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).
Lindsay Park co-trainer Dabernig however said connections could take Roc De Cambes gelding He’s Our Rokkii out of the three-year-olds’ showdown due to his wide barrier 13 of 15 draw.
“From the wide gate, a decision will be made today, we’ll be talking to Mark Pilkington and the connections, but there’s a chance he may be scratched and go to Perth for Saturday the 21st and run in the WA Guineas,” Dabernig, who trains in partnership with his well-established uncle Hayes, told Racing Victoria on Thursday.
Smart filly Blackwood is the early $3.40 favourite and runs in the Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) at the same track and the distance in the lead-up this Saturday.
He’s Our Rokkii is also high-up the all-in WA Guineas odds at $13 for the win should he make the trip West for the early Perth Summer Racing Carnival feature, after which he could also target the lucrative $1 million Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 5.
The up-and-comer has had four runs down under and is yet to score a win, but showed promise on Derby Day at Flemington when beaten just over a length crossing fourth behind Mahuta in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m).
Over the same distance on Saturday with Damian Lane retaining the ride, He’s Our Rokkii is rated a $7.50 single figure chance in the Sandown Guineas odds.
Sandown Guineas betting is currently led at $4.20 by Tony McEvoy’s black-type Melbourne Cup Day winning filly Don’t Doubt Mamma in barrier five with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.
The other best fancied hopes in the mix are He’s Our Rokkii’s last start conqueror Mahuta ($5.50) who is also out wide in gate 14 shooting for his fourth consecutive win and the lightly-raced Peter Moody-trained Ngarimu ($8.50).
Lindsay Park’s other Sandown Guineas representative this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is Flying Light in barrier 10 with Kerrin McEvoy riding the Exceed And Excel gelding, sixth in the Carbine Club Stakes, who is at juicier $21 odds for an upset Group 2 win.
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