By Ray Hickson
A quick back up wasn’t in the initial plan but co-trainer Adrian Bott is confident tough filly Call Me Royal has found the right race to post an overdue win at Randwick on Saturday.
The front-running three-year-old has been nabbed late in both starts this campaign, the latest just last weekend when ambushed by England after working from the outside barrier, and Bott said the conditions of the Nathan’s Famous Handicap (1200m) are suitable.
Call Me Royal takes on older mares, as opposed to the three-year-old males, which presents a different challenge.
“She's been running some great races and good figures, she's just been getting beaten by the boys in three-year-old grade and carrying a bit of weight,’’ Bott said.
“She has done well since the run, we were looking around at the options for her and were tempted to step her up in trip which we still may do.
“Through her consistency she's been creeping up in the ratings and we thought this looked a nice race for her. The prospect of a softish track shouldn't worry her at all, she’s nice and fit at this stage of her preparation.’’
Call Me Royal runs second at Rosehill on June 1
Most onlookers felt the outside barrier contributed significantly to Call Me Royal’s downfall at Rosehill and she’s a warm $2.30 favourite with TAB to atone.
Bott expects Call Me Royal to take up her usual position at the head of the field and have her chance to arrest the string of three second placings.
Bigger targets were in mind for stakes winning mare Alassio beyond the Listed $150,000 June Stakes (1100m) which was due to be her first run since the Group 1 Coolmore Classic.
The Tatt’s Tiara was her aim and Bott said the June Stakes wasn’t in the plan but after being scratched on vets certificate that goal has to be up in the air.
Adrian Bott on three-year-olds Frenzied and Statuesquely in the Bradley Photographers Handicap (1800m):
Frenzied ($9): “There was a fair bit of pressure in that race last start and it might have found him out a bit. He might be able to get a kinder run this time and we can see him bouncing back to his best form. I'm willing to forgive one poor performance, I haven’t seen any sign in his work or physical condition.’’
Statuesquely ($3.50): “She's a nice progressive filly, she's always given the indication she will get over further. She has had a couple of runs in succession but she had a nice foundation prior to going to the races.’’