Canberra duo ready to Rock with big weight ad­van­tage

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

THE train­ing part­ner­ship of Bar­bara Joseph and Paul Jones will send two run­ners to Rose­hill to­mor­row who will hardly feel like they’ve got any­thing on their backs.

Rock On Zariz (51kg) and D’Beak (50kg) will car­ry­ing 7.5kg and 11.5kg re­spec­tively less than the top-weighted horses in their races Jones feels they’re po­si­tioned to be forced in their races.

Rock On Zariz races over 1400m and is com­ing off a fourth plac­ing in the Snake Gully Cup.

“I’m very happy with the horse. She was des­per­ately un­lucky in the Snake Gully Cup where she went to the line hard held and wasn’t beaten far,” Jones said.

“We thought about tak­ing her to town last week then we spot­ted this race against the fil­lies and mares and she gets in right on the limit so she’s far bet­ter suited to this week’s race.”

The rise in class doesn’t faze the sta­ble ei­ther, but the in­side draw is a slight con­cern for a horse that races bet­ter in open spa­ces.

“I’m quite happy with her in the grade and the horse’s she’s up against. I just want to try and get off rail, that will be the goal, so she can get her

cen­tre of the track when she wants to,” Jones said.

The sta­ble’s other run­ner D’Beak is com­ing off a tough, but good run in the Coun­try Clas­sic where her fin­ished third be­hind the nice Matthew Dunn horse Miss Dubois.

The sec­ond horse that day was Wild­flower, who D’Beak meets again to­mor­row, but he’s got one big ad­van­tage this time.

“He meets Wild­flower 8.5kg bet­ter at the weights and he’s com­ing off an ex­cel­lent run in the Coun­try Clas­sic he’ll run the dis­tance right out,” Jones said.

“It was a strongly run race last time and he had the au­dac­ity to still make a charge and I think the win­ner (Miss Dubois) is a Satur­day-calls horse she was weight spe­cial in that race.

“The shoe is on the other foot this time.”

Ex­pect jockey Rachel Hunt to be pos­i­tive and ride the son of Medaglia D’Oro con­fi­dently.

“He’s got the rac­ing pat­tern to take ad­van­tage of the weight,” Jones said.

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