Canberra duo ready to Rock with big weight advantage
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.