Westlink puts his Kosciuszko credentials up for show
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.”