Bott backs classy colt

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT / CLASSIFIEDS -

UN­BEATEN colt Siege Of Que­bec has the class to over­come a sharp drop in dis­tance in today’s $ 150,000 Rose­bud ( 1100m) at Rosehill.

Co- trainer Adrian Bott ad­mits to con­cerns about a drop back from his lat­est win over 1400m, but feels there’s enough other fac­tors in the $ 1.2mil­lion Fast­net Rock colt’s favour today.

“If ever they are go­ing to beat him this is it. He’s drop­ping from 1400m to 1100m but that’s the class we think of this colt, good horses are able to over­come it,” Bott said.

“From a good draw hope­fully he can put him­self right in the race but he’s not a one di­men­sional horse that has to lead. I’m ex­pect­ing a bit more early speed and we’ll have to as­sess that to see where he ends up.”

Af­ter a solid gal­lop on the course proper at Rand­wick on Tues­day, Bott said the colt is sharp enough and he re­ceives 6.5kg from the likes of Me­nari and Di­a­mond Tatha­gata.

“It’s a com­pet­i­tive race but he’s a win­ning chance,’’ he said.

Mean­while, Group 1 win­ning mare I Am A Star is not fully wound up for today’s Aurie’s Star at Flem­ing­ton and the 58kg adds to her task, but trainer Shane Ni­chols still ex­pects her to “run re­ally well”.

“She’s not re­ally ripped up for Satur­day. This is the kick- off point and hope­fully one of the lesser races she will run in dur­ing the spring,” he said. “We’re try­ing to have her re­ally spot- on for the Mem­sie and then if she runs well there we might go to the Makybe Diva.”

DIS­TANCE CON­CERN: Siege of Que­bec, rid­den by Tommy Berry.

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