By Ray Hickson
You could forgive apprentice Robbie Dolan for wanting to strap himself to emerging galloper Fuchu and not let anyone else ride him.
The 22-year-old Irishman has struck up a winning rapport with Fuchu and the pair chase a hat-trick in the Bowermans Office Furniture Handicap (1400m) at Randwick on Tuesday.
Dolan and Fuchu have taken out successive Class 2 events at Newcastle and Wyong by coming with well timed runs and the young jockey is looking forward to seeing how he lets go on the wider spaces of the Kensington track compared to last start’s close call.
“I feel like the Kensington track will suit him better than Wyong,’’ Dolan said.
“At Newcastle he was way better, he was just picking up all the way up the straight.
“You notice the turn of foot, he’s really relaxed in the run, chilled out, and when you click him into gear he really picks up nicely and you can feel the acceleration.’’
Fuchu ran his last 600m of the 1350m event at Wyong in easily a race best 34.04 and charged the last 200m in 11.26 (Punters Intelligence).
Fuchu arrives in time to win at Wyong on December 19
Trainer Kim Waugh’s decision to scratch Fuchu from the race won by Mister Songman on Saturday could be a masterstroke after Mister Songman ran close to a course record and won by seven lengths.
As promising as Fuchu is you’d be brave to suggest he’d have been able to run Mister Songman down.
But the four-year-old is $2.60 favourite with TAB to keep his winning run going in 2019 in the Benchmark 70 event where he’ll carry the same weight (58kg) as he did at Wyong.
“He’s definitely a horse improving,’’ Dolan said.
“He had it tricky the last run at Wyong and still managed to get up and win.
“We had a bad knock as we jumped so I had to go back and just turning the bend I got another one but he still hit the line. I reckon the 1400m will be even better.
“I just wanted to get him balanced again and hoped he'd finish off, in that situation you are just hoping the horse was fine but once I knew he was fine he finished off strong.’’
Dolan, who has eight city wins for the season so far, is adamant Fuchu will have no issues with running at least a mile.
He’s currently eight wins shy of Sam Weatherley in the Sydney Apprentices title race.