THE FORCE BACK WITH RAWILLER ON A DREAM DAY

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS STRAW­BERRY HILL STUD HCP

CHAM­PION jockey Nash Rawiller en­dorsed plans to set Yao Dash for the Group 1 Golden Rose af­ter the young sprinter main­tained his un­beaten record at Royal Rand­wick yes­ter­day.

Rawiller con­trolled the race tempo on Yao Dash who was never se­ri­ously chal­lenged in the Straw­berry Hill Stud Hand­i­cap (1300m).

Co-train­ers Gai Water­house and Adrian Bott are con­sid­er­ing set­ting Yao Dash for the $1 mil­lion Golden Rose (1400m) at Rose­hill Gar­dens on Septem­ber 28 af­ter the geld­ing scored his sec­ond win from as many starts, beat­ing a classy field of three-year-old sprint­ers.

“I would be aim­ing Yao Dash at the Golden Rose and see how he trains on,’’ Rawiller said.

“He’s a lovely horse and has taken a big step for­ward today af­ter his first-up win at Canterbury. He gives you the in­di­ca­tion he will keep im­prov­ing with rac­ing.’’

Yao Dash ($3.30 favourite), raced by Dean Watt’s Dy­namic Syn­di­ca­tions, led most of the way and had a half-length to spare from a game Fun­star ($6) who grad­u­ally reduced the win­ner’s mar­gin on the line.

Emer­alds ($41) was held up for a run at the top of the straight be­fore weav­ing through to take third a length away with Pan­demic and Su­perium im­me­di­ately be­hind the placeget­ters.

TAB Fixed Odds price as­ses­sors re­acted to Yao Dash’s win with the three­year-old firm­ing from $26 to $15 for the Golden Rose.

Fun­star lost her un­beaten record but ran well for sec­ond af­ter be­ing dis­ad­van­taged by a mod­er­ate early tempo which let Yao Dash sprint the last 600m sec­tional in 33.82s.

“She ex­e­cuted the race re­ally well,’’ Fun­star’s rider James Mc­Don­ald said.

“I just think she ran into a fit­ter horse on the day but she is go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing filly when she gets out to a mile (1600m).’’

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