Attard Ramping mare up for Rosehill task
FORM around Group 1 winner Clearly Innocent has trainer Jason Attard quietly confident Reiby Rampart can make her presence felt at Rosehill tomorrow.
The four-year-old mare finished seventh in the Listed Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) at Scone, four lengths behind the subsequent Kingsford Smith Cup winner and Attard said the run was much better than it reads on paper.
“There a bit of merit in her run at Scone, she came up the inside the track which was the worst part,” Attard said.
“We didn’t intend to drag her back to last but that was what happened, so quite a few things didn’t go like we wanted and she still finished like did.”
So pleased with how Reiby Rampart is racing, Attard elected t o bypass Wednesday’s Warwick Farm meeting, where she had 60.5kg, i n favour of the Schweppes Handicap (1500m).
He said a lighter weight (57.5kg) and roomier track were significant factors in making that decision.
“I think Rosehill will be better for her than Warwick Farm because she likes plenty of room when she finishes off,” he said.
“The pace might be just that little bit slower for her at 1500m as well.
“She’s going tremendously, I’m really happy with her.”
Attard said stablemate Reiby The Red will be a fitter horse for his first-up effort at Warwick Farm last month though he hasn’t been given any favours with a wide gate.
The gelding ran fifth behind Medaille over a mile at his first run since January and his preparation has been impacted by wide barriers missing runs.
“It was a really good run (first-up), he had quite a long time between his trial and his first-up run,” he said.
“He was meant to go around in the Hawkesbury and Scone Cups but we were an emergency at Hawkesbury he drew 20 at Scone so we didn’t go.
“You could see in his last run that he was a trial or a run short but I was very pleased with him.”
Stakes placed mare Kellyville Flyer is having a “throw at the stumps” in the Eremein Handicap (1800m) given she’s a much better horse in the wet than on dry ground.
Attard said there are positives despite her last start ninth at Rosehill two weeks ago.
“She gets in with a nice weight (53kg) and stepping up in distance will help her but I would have liked it to rain quite a bit this week,” he said.
“She galloped well on the course proper at Hawkesbury and that was firmer than she would have liked.”
She’s going tremendously, I’m really happy with her. – Jason Attard
Trainer Jason Attard is confident Reiby Rampart will fire at Rosehill tomorrow