By Ray Hickson
The vibe from co-trainer Adrian Bott is that we’ll all learn a lot about imported stayer Vadiyann when he makes his Australian debut at Randwick on Saturday.
But what he’s certain of is that the five-year-old has been given more than enough grounding to be effective at his first start for 15 months in the Bisley Workwear Handicap (2000m).
Vadiyann, formerly owned by the Aga Khan, won three of his five starts in France and has trialled six times since April for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott with three trials in the past six weeks.
“He’s not fully wound up, there’s improvement to come, but there’s only so much fitness you can get into them at home and in trials for a horse who hasn’t raced in over 12 months,’’ Bott said.
“It’s about finding the conditions that will be suitable for this type of horse and we’ve seen previously they can get run off their feet over a shorter trip.
“When we trialled him over 1200m he was able to show more early speed and we can expect over 2000m his natural pattern is to race prominently.’’
That latest trial was just a week ago and Tim Clark guided him to an all the way win at Randwick.
It’s a potentially smart move in kicking Vadiyann off at 2000m given in his five starts in France 1900m was the shortest race he contested.
The gelding has been kept safe in TAB markets at $5.50 on Thursday and Bott said while he’s all potential at the moment he’s still racing out of his class.
“It’s a little difficult to line up the form and ratings wise he’s probably a little out of his grade first-up but we want to give him the chance in his first campaign to go through the grades,’’ he said.
“We want him to come out and prove himself at this grade first. At this stage he’s a progressive type we can take through his grades.
“It will give us a good guide and tell us where we are at but he looks in great shape at the moment and has done really well.’’
Bott is expecting improvement from two-year-old Narvaez in the TAB Venue Mode Handicap (1200m) on what he showed on debut in Melbourne three weeks ago.
The well bred colt, a $19 chance, beat just one horse home at Moonee Valley but Bott said he was a bit lost on the tight track and has a bit more in his favour this time.
Vadiyann wins a trial at Randwick on December 13
“He gets the addition of blinkers which I think will be positive and the step up to 1200m he’ll be better suited and we’re looking for improvement from him,’’ he said.
And consistent mare Call Me Royal ($8) backs up from a much improved second-up fourth behind Seasons last weekend in the Heineken 3 Handicap (1400m).
“She’s lost a little of that speed she showed last campaign,’’ he said.
“She’s racing like she wants a bit of ground, she was able to race more prominently there last week which saw her more effective.’’