Ru­pee flies ahead of Bletch­ingly

The Sportsman Weekend - - News -

THE Bletch­ingly Stakes at Sandown will be a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to the one Lankan Ru­pee en­coun­tered in an early morn­ing track gal­lop.

The Mick Price-trained sprinter was taken to Sandown on Wed­nes­day in prepa­ra­tion for Sun­day’s Group 3 weight-for­age sprint.

A heavy fog shrouded the cir­cuit, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for rid­ers to see other horses on track.

Lankan Ru­pee was rid­den by reg­u­lar jockey Craig Ne­witt in the gal­lop.

“It was every rider’s dream, no one could see bar us,” Ne­witt said on Mel­bourne ra­dio.

“Vis­i­bil­ity was pretty or­di­nary. I sat four or five lengths off the horse in front of me and that was pretty much all I could see for the whole gal­lop.”

Ne­witt said there were seven or eight other horses out on the track dur­ing his gal­lop.

Lankan Ru­pee worked with his Mick Price-trained sta­ble­mate Duke Of Brunswick, also an en­trant for Sun­day’s Bletch­ingly Stakes which was resched­uled af­ter be­ing one of five races called off due to strong winds at Caulfield last Satur­day.

Ne­witt liked the way Lankan Ru­pee picked up Duke Of Brunswick in gal­lop.

“When we got around the 400-me­tre mark I picked him up pretty quick,” Ne­witt said.

“I was sur­prised how the old boy quick­ened down. On line the other horse had mea­sure of me, but I reckon it was fit­ness that gave way in my bloke.”

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