Pivot ready to break drought

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By SHAYNE O’CASS

IT’S been over 600 days since Cen­tre Pivot last won a race but trainer Peter Robl is con­fi­dent the mul­ti­ple stakesper­former weighted to ex­cel in to­mor­row’s Listed ATC Pre­mier’s Cup (1900m) at Rose­hill.

Cen­tre Pivot’s last vic­tory came in the sum­mer of 2015 Bern­bor­ough Hand­i­cap (1615m) at Doomben at his last run for John Sar­gent be­fore Robl as­sumed the role as trainer of Kevin Maloney’s bou­tique Se­gen­hoe string.

Cen­tre Pivot’s first two runs un­der Robl’s were both against Winx at weight-for-age, the sec­ond of the two saw him fin­ish just 5-lengths off the world’s best mare in

Chip­ping Nor­ton. And while the son of More Than Ready is yet to win for Robl in 13 ap­pear­ances so far, he has run some out­stand­ing races at the high­est level in­clud­ing fourth plac­ings in Vil­liers and $1m Magic Mil­lions Tro­phy.

“He’s been a great horse and prob­a­bly should have won Magic Mil­lions Tro­phy the day he ran third and then he

fourth in same race last year, he’s just been a ter­rific horse,” says Robl.

“He’s at that level now that be­cause of his con­sis­tency he is hard to place. You put him in a race can win and he ends up get­ting good horse’s weight which makes him strug­gle.

“But when he gets down in the weights is very ef­fec­tive — ran fourth

Vil­liers with 55kgs only six months ago.”

Cen­tre Pivot has made his way to the Pre­mier’s Cup this week­end via a trio of Listed races over un­suit­ably shorter dis- tances fin­ish­ing in the back half of the field all three times but with ex­cuses.

“Math­e­mat­i­cally he had no hope,” Robl said. “Get­ting back and they’re run­ning home in 34 sec­onds, he can run home in 33.5s at his best but if you’re spot­ting them eight lengths then you can’t win.”

Cen­tre Pivot raced much hand­ier in the Pre­mier’s Cup Pre­lude two weeks but clocked a dis­tant fourth be­hind the in-form Ar­beit­sam.

“I wasn’t that dis­ap­pointed with his run last start be­cause I don’t think sit­ting out­side the leader suits him and he was giv­ing Ar­beit­sam 6kgs,” Robl of­fered.

“Cen­tre Pivot drops 5kgs to­mor­row so in that re­spect and with the ex­tra 100m, it looks a very suitable for him.

“It would be good to see him win and he’s cer­tainly go­ing well enough at home to sug­gest he can win.”

Cen­tre Pivot will ap­pre­ci­ate the drop in weight in the Pre­mier’s Cup at Rose­hill to­mor­row

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