War­rior look­ing fit for bat­tle

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON michael. thompson@ news. com. au

TABLE­LAND mare Real War­rior is primed to put in a per­for­mance wor­thy of her name in The Cof­fee Club Bracelet Fil­lies & Mares Class 6 Hand­i­cap ( 1300m) at to­day’s Ladies Day meet­ing at Clu­den Park.

The five- year- old will have well- known Townsville jockey Peter Cullen in the sad­dle.

The com­bi­na­tion has yielded two vic­to­ries and a pair of sec­ond plac­ings from four Clu­den meets since the five- yearold mare re­turned from a five­month spell in Fe­bru­ary.

Tolga- based trainer Janel Ryan has full faith in Real War­rior to again de­liver at Clu­den, be­liev­ing the $ 3 favourite “is just right”.

“She’s got good form, and she runs an hon­est race,” Ryan said. “We’ve been set­tling in for this one and I think it’s been just about per­fect to be hon­est. We brought her up here from New South Wales and gave her a spell, and we didn’t want to go too early.”

Start­ing this cam­paign with a win in Fe­bru­ary’s XXXX Gold Bench­Mark Hand­i­cap ( 1000m) by al­most two lengths, Real War­rior was run­ner- up a month later in her next Clu­den start. In April she took out the Townsville Turf Club Class 3 Plate ( 1200m) by three and half lengths and at her most re­cent start fin­ished sec­ond to Me­teor Storm in last month’s Mater Health Servi- ces Class 3 Plate ( 1000m). Real War­rior’s surge of Townsville form has seen her record im­prove to three wins, three sec­onds and three thirds in 25 ca­reer starts, pock­et­ing just un­der $ 60,000 in prize­money.

Draw­ing bar­rier 11 in a 15strong field, Ryan could also be for­given for be­liev­ing she had re­ceived a promis­ing omen af­ter Real War­rior won his last race from the same draw.

“We’re con­fi­dent in her, and Peter ( Cullen) is very thrilled with how she’s pro­gress­ing,” Ryan said.

“We just want keep chas­ing the big prize­money, and I think we’ve done just about all we can to give her the best chance.”

Three- year- old filly Starante, trained by James McConachy, looks to be Real War­rior’s tough­est ri­val af­ter win­ning over 1200m in Rock­hamp­ton last week. Starante had a suc­cess­ful two- year- old sea­son, win­ning four races but be­fore break­ing through last week­end had strug­gled to make an im­pres­sion in her sec­ond sea­son.

The $ 4 chance looks well­suited to give plenty of cheek.

The John Manzel­man­ntrained Rock­ette Rocket ($ 11) also comes into con­sid­er­a­tion as an out­side chance.

The equal top­weight will ap­pre­ci­ate the 3kg claim of ap­pren­tice jockey Amanda Thom­son.

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