THE FORCE BACK WITH RAWILLER ON A DREAM DAY
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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