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Jockey Christian Reith has learnt his lesson after a last start loss aboard Wouldnt It Be Nice who he partners again for an atoning run in the 2016 Winter Stakes at Rosehill Gardens this weekend.
A fortnight back at the same track Reith rode the Paul Perry-trained Choisir five-year-old Wouldnt It Be Nice in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m), but a few things went wrong and the galloper could only manage to cross 2.7 lengths back seventh to Ninth Legion.
Peter Robl’s Civic Stakes winner Ninth Legion also won the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich the start before and is equal $4.40 favourite in the current markets at Ladbrokes.com.au to make it three Black-Types on the trot in the $150,000 Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.
The Michelle Ritchie-trained Better Not Blue is the other $4.40 top fancy in Winter Stakes betting, the 54kg lightweight coming off the close Civic Stakes second and meeting Ninth Legion – who goes up to 60kg for the rematch – a kilo better in the weights.
Reith’s mount Wouldnt It Be Nice meanwhile is a $17 outsider in the latest Winter Stakes odds despite a gun barrier two draw, one outside of the Chris Waller-trained Marenostro ($7.50) whose hoop Tye Angland is confident can improve dramatically on his last in the Civic Stakes on July 2.
Reith is also bullish about giving his ride a better chance in the Winter Stakes saying he would still ride the horse back off the speed, but using his time more wisely.
“I felt I probably let him go a bit too soon [in the Civic Stakes],” Reith told AAP.
“He was found wanting the last little bit.
“I’ll hang on to him a lot longer.
“If he can use that turn of foot that he’s got and be within striking distance he’ll run a good race.”
Wouldnt It Be Nice has contested the last two editions of the Winter Stakes without success.
In 2014 Jeff Lloyd rode the horse to a sixth of nine runners behind Generalife before Thomas Huet guided him to a close third, defeated just a quarter-length by the winner Rugged Cross 12 months ago as a $17 shot in the markets.
The Winter Stakes placing last season came on the back of a Civic Stakes eighth and was on a Heavy (9) track, another likely rain-affected course to help his chances this weekend.
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