For a lot of the time Brad Rawiller lives somewhat in the shadow of his brother Nash as the pair both forge impressive careers as jockey’s.
While Brad’s achievements are notable in his own right he can’t escape the fact they will always be compared to his brothers.
Far from being negatively affected by that Brad has used it to his advantage and he’s arguably been one of the most improved jockey of the last few years.
This weekend they will lock horns directly when both men pick up rides in the 2011 Caulfield Cup.
Nash was the first of the brothers to win the race, he and Elvstroem combined to win the 2004 event.
Five years later though Brad fired back winning with Viewed in the 2009 event.
Now in 2011 they have the opportunity to earn a third Caulfield Cup for the Rawiller family, Nash with Unusual Suspect and Brad with Absolutely.
Absolutely is already a Group 1 champion, she won the AJC Oaks earlier in the year.
She can cover the distance, she can cover any ground and Brad says she can cover the rest of the field.
“She’s certainly right on track, I can’t wait for Saturday,” he said.
He says the versatility of the horse is a big plus so as not to worry about the weather, as is the fact she’ll definitely run the trip.
” It’s always a bonus when the horse handles the wet and the rain comes…whatever the track conditions son Saturday she’ll be right in it, the big key will be the 2400m,” he said.
She faces a big test up against the likes of December Draw and the import Lucas Cranach but after digging a little further down she’s probably got plenty of them covered.
In terms of racing style Absolutely will be back off the pace but probably wouldn’t want to spot the leaders too much of a start.
Before the barrier draw Brad said he wasn’t asking for too much, just to get something in the top half of the field.
“I’d love to draw inside 10, that’d make my job easier,” he said.
Unfortunately for him that wasn’t the case, Absolutely taking gate 22 of 22 before emergencies.