Bott backs classy colt
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.”