FROLIC’S trainer Edward O’Rourke will go anywhere to find the perfect race for his string.
It’s a strategy that could well see him with a winning double when he heads to Goulburn today with the promising duo With Purpose and Swiss.
The Randwick-based trainer has a small but select bunch of horses housed in his High Street stable including this well-bred pair, both of whom look sure to measure up closer to home in the near term.
“It’s an important thing with horses like them that you put them in the right races and they are two nice fillies on the up,’’ O’Rourke said.
“Swiss was very unlucky last start carrying topweight at Scone. If she got out earlier, she wins.
“She had to come off heels and really quicken up but finished second and she’s come through that run really well and I am really looking forward to going to Goulburn with Adam (Hyeronimus) booked to ride her.
“Barrier seven is a nice gate and she should be very competitive again.’’
Swiss is a home-bred daughter of Newhaven Park resident sire, South African champion Delago Deluxe out of the stakes-performed mare Sweet Ransom.
Her record is three starts for a win and a second, the debut win at Goulburn stamped her as a filly with a future beyond country racing.
“She was originally with James Cummings and, when I started training, we talk quite a bit about her,’’ O’Rourke said.
“This time in, she has just taken time to come to hand so we decided to take her through the grades and let her win some prizemoney and let her get some confidence.
“If she ran well ( today), we’d be looking to go towards the provincials and come to the city and just bring her way up the ladder slowly.’’
O’Rourke’s other runner on the card today is With Purpose who lines up in the Swiftwood Tiles & Bathrooms Maiden Plate over 1100m.
The daughter of grand slam winner Pierro is a superbly bred three-year-old, her dam Paprika was a stakes winner best known perhaps for being a nose in the Magic Millions by subsequent Golden Slipper winner, Phelan Ready.
On top of that, her 10th dam, Herowinkle, foaled in 1924 is the dam of the great Hall Mark — topical for the fact that Randwick yesterday hosted the race named in his honour.
“I was a little bit disappointed we didn’t win at Muswellbrook with her but when you think about it they ran a bit of time up there for a country race over 1000m,’’ O’Rourke said.
“And it was her first start and we were posted four wide the whole way from her wide barrier. It was a big ask so she actually ran on quite well.’’
Irish trainer Edward O'Rourke has two big hopes at Goulburn today. Picture: Mark Evans