By Ray Hickson
They say you should always forgive a good horse one bad run – particularly when they had excuses – and we’ve asked Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel to highlight some horses heading to Rosehill on Saturday that fall into that category.
Vaucluse Bay (Rosehill race 4, $5.00 TAB Fixed Odds)
The Chris Waller-trained stayer was sent out a $1.75 favourite at Rosehill on August 12 and was beaten 21.2 lengths after suffering cardiac arrhythmia (CA).
Van Gestel said since then the gelding has been back to the trials and passed all requirements to return to the races.
“When we spoke to Corey Brown he said he was under pressure from as far out as the 1000m mark,’’ he said.
“We receive an ECG before the horse trials and afterwards we have our veterinarians go over the horse to make sure there’s no CA post-trial.
“He was given a reasonably easily trial and we have received a vet clearance going forward so that probably explains the disappointing run.’’
Can Vaucluse Bay bounce back to the brilliant form that saw him post back-to-back wins in July including running down Arbeitsam?
"They can do. I wouldn’t say it is a negative thing going into a race particularly when they have had a trial and a vet clearance,’’ Van Gestel said.
Loyalty Man (Rosehill race 5, $4.40 TAB Fixed Odds)
The five-year-old was beaten almost nine lengths in the Premier’s Cup Prelude two weeks ago and Van Gestel said on face value he was disappointing.
Loyalty Man ran a close second to Sound Proposition at his previous start and will race with the blinkers replacing a visor (a blinker with some vision in the side) on Saturday.
“He was fractious in the gates but in the straight he was inclined to shift ground when under pressure,’’ he said.
“He did abrade his off hind bumper which may have been a reason why he was shifting ground.
“Mike Moroney said he might not have appreciated three weeks between runs. There were a couple of things against him and with blinkers on he might bounce back.’’
Rock Mylady (Rosehill race 8, $16 TAB Fixed Odds)
One from left-field, Van Gestel said anyone assessing this gelding’s second-up run at Kembla Grange on August 10 ($13 into $9) should take note he had no luck at all.
"The stewards there reported he couldn’t be tested. While he finished down the track should have finished closer and could be one at odds that might bob up,’’ he said.
Sir Plush (Rosehill race 9, $6.00 TAB Fixed Odds)
The stats say you rarely win when faced with sitting three wide without cover and that was what happened to the Bjorn Baker-trained gelding when he finished second last as a $3.50 chance at Rosehill on August 12.
“Tim Clark said he didn’t show his usual speed and as a consequence he tried to get in but was caught three wide and had a tough run without cover,’’ Van Gestel said.
"Not many horses can win sitting three wide without cover. Bjorn Baker was surprised with the lack of tempo he showed in the early stages and he indicated that going into this race he has pleased the stable.’’