The front running Arbeitsam should have no trouble overcoming the outside barrier in the Listed $150,000 Aristocrat Technologies Hawkesbury Rowley Mile (1600m) at Hawkesbury on Thursday.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Arbeitsam is chasing a hat trick of wins and with Tim Clark in the saddle will jump from the outside barrier in the ten horse Rowley Mile field.
The wide gate shouldn’t pose a problem for the Snitzel four year old who has plenty of gate speed to help him get out and get going and cross the field in the early stages.
Clark rode Arbeitsam to an all the way win at his last start as a three year old in the $100,000 Sydney Spring Carnival On Sale Plate (1400m) at Rosehill on July 29 and then Tommy Berry adopted the same tactics to lead from barrier to post to secure a win in the $100,000 Premier’s Cup Prelude (1800m) at Rosehill on August 12.
Co-trainer Adrian Bott is not concerned with the drop back in distance from 1800m to 1600m and said that Arbeitsam was a very versatile galloper who can adopt easily to mixing up his distances.
“lt’s not a problem for him. He’s very versatile in that sense,” Bott said.
“He’s got a high cruising speed. He’s got a turn of foot.”
“Varying distances doesn’t have as much of an effect on him.”
“Dropping back to a mile after this race (Premier’s Cup Prelude) wouldn’t be out of the question for him because he’s the type of horse you can do it with.”
Arbeitsam’s front running tactics could be challenged by Lasqueti Spirit who will jump from barrier two with Brenton Avdulla to ride.
The Lee Curtis trained Lasquetti Spirit, with Avdulla in the saddle, created history with a boilover win at $101 with an electrifying all the way display in the Group 1 $1m Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington during the 2016 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
The Team Hawkes trained Kingsguard heads to the Rowley Mile in winning form after beating Tom Melbourne in the $100,000 Spring Preview (1400m) at Rosehill on August 12.
Jay Ford was on board at Rosehill and has retained the mount on Kingsguard who has drawn barrier seven.
Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller will saddle up two runners in the Rowley Mile, Kinema for Blake Shinn from barrier six and Elle Lou with Glyn Schofield to ride from gate five.
Final field for the 2017 Rowley Mile (1600m)
|#||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||41x027530x||LASQUETI SPIRIT||Lee Curtis||Brenton Avdulla||2||59kg||102|
|2||x41x75459x||KINEMA (IRE)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||6||58.5kg||97|
|3||1706435638||ELLE LOU||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||5||56.5kg||97|
|4||310×271211||ARBEITSAM||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||10||55kg||90|
|5||113×330171||KINGSGUARD (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jay Ford||7||54kg||87|
|6||8138×11116||PELETHRONIUS||David Pfieffer||Corey Brown||4||54kg||86|
|7||533615×431||DARCI’S AFFAIR (NZ)||Paul Murray||–||3||54kg||79|
|8||x667062326||GOLD HORIZON||Paul Murray||–||1||54kg||75|
|9||1321454×06||ZAUNKONIG||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||8||54kg||74|
|10||824×573204||REIBY THE RED||Jason Attard||Josh Adams||9||54kg||73|