Trial form is first class
CAN the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained duo Rockin’ Ruga and Aurora Rose bring their brilliant barrier trials to the Rosehill Gardens meeting today?
Rockin’ Ruga thrashed Tip Top by more than seven lengths in a Randwick trial and is set to resume in the Oh No Darren The Big Five Oh Sprint (1100m).
Aurora Rose trialled the same day and was similarly impressive, romping home by nearly five lengths, and she is ready to return to the races in the Schweppes Handicap (1500m).
In overnight TAB Fixed Odds betting, Rockin’ Ruga is at $18 and Aurora Rose is rated only a $26 chance. Bott thinks the bookies might have got it wrong with Rockin’ Ruga, in particular.
“I thought Rockin’ Ruga was excellent in his trial,’’ Bott said.
“He was able to get rolling out in front, that’s the way he likes to race.
“He looks fantastic and is ready for a good preparation.’’
Bott conceded Aurora Rose may find the likes of the consistent Sexy Eyes a bit too sharp for her over 1500m.
“Aurora Rose’s best form is around 2400m so this race is probably a bit short for her,’’ Bott said.
“But she surprised us a little with the speed she showed in her trial.
“She has come back in a much stronger mare and we expect further improvement to come from her.’’