Westlink puts his Kosciuszko cre­den­tials up for show

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

TIME is run­ning out to get a run in next month’s $1.3 mil­lion Kosciuszko (1200m) at Rand­wick and, if Westlink can win to­day at Dubbo, it would make the few re­main­ing slot hold­ers take no­tice.

The Casino Prince five-year-old ran a cred­itable fifth in the Coun­try Cham­pi­onships Fi­nal (1400m) in the au­tumn, prov­ing he was one of the bet­ter bush horses.

To­day in the fly­ing hand­i­cap (1100m), he’ll have to get the job done from the ex­treme out­side gate in the ca­pac­ity field of 14 for trainer Dar­ren Hyde and jockey Adam Hyeron­imus.

“We’ll just need a bit of luck,’’ Hyde said. “He’s bet­ter rid­den cold and I don’t want him stuck three and four deep. It wouldn’t worry me if he got back near last.

“On his work, I think he can win. Adam’s rid­den the only Kosciuszko win­ner and he rides for Gai Water­house. If you can’t ride, you don’t ride for her so he’ll know what to do.”

A win would cer­tainly at­tract the at­ten­tion of the few re­main­ing Kosciuszko slot hold­ers.

“There’s still time and he’ll have one more run in a fort­night, hope­fully, be­fore the Kosciuszko,” Hyde said.

“We need to get through Sun­day first be­fore we’re a chance of get­ting to the Kosciuszko.”

Hyde will also run Lit­tle Ber­tie, in a class 2 plate (1100m), and he’s shoot­ing for win three at start six.

“He lumped 62.5kg for me at his only start when he won and he’s promis­ing and ticks all the boxes,” Hyde said. “His work on Tues­day morn­ing was first class so I’m happy with him.

“I think he’s go­ing to be my Coun­try Cham­pi­onships horse next year.”

If Dy­namic Moss brings her track­work to the races in the first, she’ll run bet­ter than her odds sug­gest.

“She’s been a bit dis­ap­point­ing,’’ Hyde said.

“If you saw her work l ead­ing up to the Welling­ton race, you would’ve put your house on her.”

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