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Uphill Battle For Dryden Duo In TAB Highway

By Tony Megahey

Keith Dryden, the inaugural Kosciuszko winner of 2019 and with prolific TAB Highway success, is brutally honest about the prospects of stablemates Loafing and Perfect Pitch for a Rosehill Gardens episode on Saturday.

While the Canberra great has the clout of Nash Rawiller with 59kg on Loafing and Kerrin McEvoy on Perfect Pitch on 55.5kg, he says they’ll need a minor miracle to beat top weight Al Mah Haha in a Class 3 1500m Plate.

Trainer Keith Dryden (Pic: Steve Hart)

“It looks unbeatable under the weight scale, we are near 10kg worse off,” Dryden determined.

“Al Mah Haha is an 86 rater with 59kg - won a strong Goulburn Cup - with city benchmark form and mine are 60 raters.

"Loafing is race fit but he’s on 59kg, same as Al Mah Haha. Perfect Pitch will appreciate a weight drop but her strike rate says she's just an honest trier and also too close in the weights to the favourite.

“The betting markets will react accordingly. I think we’re racing for placings money.”

Al Mah Haha is $2.00 in early TAB markets with Jay Ford from a handy barrier.

Perfect Pitch is $10 but just 2 wins from 33 starts is the deterrent while Loafing is a three time Canberra winner.

“This business is about placement in winnable races so full credit to her,” Dryden offers on Tash Burleigh.

Dryden quipped he’d need Handle The Truth, his Kosciuszko winner, to be eligible to test Burleigh.

Meanwhile, Handle the Truth resumes in Sydney in a month set for the National Sprint in March.

All the fields, form and replays for Saturday's Rosehill meeting

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