The Courier-Mail

Rudy good price for a wet up­set


THE prospect of a wet track at Rand­wick has boosted the chances of Queens­lan­der Rudy in the Tramway Stakes (1400m) to­day, with trainer He­len Page in­sist­ing her sta­ble star is now over the odds in the Group 2 fea­ture.

Page is sur­prised that Rudy was still rated a $21 chance for the Tramway with UBET late yesterday, con­sid­er­ing the track was down­graded to a heavy 9.

Rudy has won four from five starts on heavy tracks and has also won three from five starts sec­ond up.

Page is not un­der­es­ti­mat­ing the task at hand to­day, with the Tramway boast­ing a su­per field, in­clud­ing NSW Horse of the Year First Seal, Lu­cia Valentina, Ara­bian Gold, Messene, Swey­nesse and last year’s Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Pro­tec­tion­ist.

But the Gold Coast trainer has not given up hope of Rudy claim­ing an almighty up­set.

“I thought he would be $21 on a good track but at that price on a wet track he is value and I think he will shorten,” Page said.

“He is up against some pretty classy op­po­si­tion but he has shown he is up to it when run­ning fourth in a Don­caster (in the au­tumn) and it’s just nice to have him there.

“I think he can win and I wouldn’t be shocked if he did, but it’s a classy field so I’m not be­ing silly.”

Along with the wet track, another fac­tor in Rudy’s favour is race fit­ness.

Rudy, Messene, It’s Some­what and Kir­ramosa are the only horses in the Tramway field who are not re­sum­ing from a spell.

 ??  ?? IN FORM: Trainer He­len Page with her star Rudy.
IN FORM: Trainer He­len Page with her star Rudy.

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