Nig­gle could cost geld­ing a start

South Western Times - - Racing - Mitchell Wood­cock

PROMIS­ING Capel geld­ing Just Act Nat­u­ral will find out to­day if he is fit enough to race in Satur­day’s $100,000 Farn­ley Stakes (1400m) at Bel­mont after a small nig­gle ear­lier in the week.

The Paul Roberts-trained fiveyear-old has a slight in­jury and will be put to the test this morn­ing ahead of the big race.

“He just has to come through his fi­nal track­work at Bun­bury be­fore he is 100 per cent cer­tain to start,” Roberts said.

Roberts said bar­rier two was the ideal spot for the geld­ing, who was in hot form.

“He will lead as they can­not hold him and we will take a sit on him like we did last time,” he said.

Jockey Glenn Smith will take the reins again for the big race.

“He is a ter­rific rider and has won on him more times than any­one else,” Roberts said.

Roberts said last sea­son Just Act Nat­u­ral had a virus, so it took him time to find his form.

But since then he has won two of his past four races, while plac­ing sec­ond in the oth­ers.

“He has fi­nally ma­tured now, which has helped him in a big way,” he said.

Roberts said he was happy with the weight hand­i­cap.

“He is a lot bet­ter hand­i­capped this time than he was last up,” he said.

“The 55.5kg is per­fect.”

This will be the first time Just Act Nat­u­ral races over 1400m and Roberts said it would “suit him fine”.

“They go easy in the first half of the race and then sprint home,” he said.

“He can sprint as good as the rest of them.”

Roberts said Red Ora would be a threat after com­ing down in the weight.

“When you are in this grade they are all good horses,” he said.

“He (Red Ora) has been strug­gling as of late, but Daniel Mor­ton is a good trainer and he has a good weight for this race.”

Smith and Roberts will com­bine later in the day when five-year-old Dutch Spy starts in the $40,000 Heineken 3 Hand­i­cap (1000m) in what is set to be a tough 11-horse field.

Dutch Spy won last up across the same dis­tance after a spell and is look­ing for a fourth ca­reer win from 13 starts.

Adam Dur­rant’s Nashville Cat will pro­vide the stiffest com­pe­ti­tion, hav­ing won twice in eight starts.

He just has to come through his fi­nal track work at Bun­bury be­fore he is 100 per cent cer­tain to start.”

– Paul Roberts

Pic­ture: Simon Mer­ritt/Western Ra­cepix

Just Act Nat­u­ral, rid­den by ap­pren­tice Kate Wit­ten, will have to pass a fit­ness test to race in this Satur­day’s $100,000 Farn­ley Stakes (1400m) at Bel­mont.

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