Pivot ready to break drought
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