Rupee flies ahead of Bletchingly
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.”