Trial form is first class

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - RAY THOMAS

CAN the Gai Water­house and Adrian Bott-trained duo Rockin’ Ruga and Au­rora Rose bring their bril­liant bar­rier tri­als to the Rosehill Gar­dens meet­ing to­day?

Rockin’ Ruga thrashed Tip Top by more than seven lengths in a Rand­wick trial and is set to re­sume in the Oh No Dar­ren The Big Five Oh Sprint (1100m).

Au­rora Rose tri­alled the same day and was sim­i­larly im­pres­sive, romp­ing home by nearly five lengths, and she is ready to re­turn to the races in the Sch­weppes Hand­i­cap (1500m).

In overnight TAB Fixed Odds bet­ting, Rockin’ Ruga is at $18 and Au­rora Rose is rated only a $26 chance. Bott thinks the book­ies might have got it wrong with Rockin’ Ruga, in par­tic­u­lar.

“I thought Rockin’ Ruga was ex­cel­lent in his trial,’’ Bott said.

“He was able to get rolling out in front, that’s the way he likes to race.

“He looks fan­tas­tic and is ready for a good prepa­ra­tion.’’

Bott con­ceded Au­rora Rose may find the likes of the con­sis­tent Sexy Eyes a bit too sharp for her over 1500m.

“Au­rora Rose’s best form is around 2400m so this race is prob­a­bly a bit short for her,’’ Bott said.

“But she sur­prised us a lit­tle with the speed she showed in her trial.

“She has come back in a much stronger mare and we ex­pect fur­ther im­prove­ment to come from her.’’

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