O’Rourke’s Pur­pose

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACEDAY PREVIEW - SHAYNE O’CASS

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

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