Sydney’s premier jockey Nash Rawiller has brushed aside a back injury and will ride at today’s Warwick Stakes meeting at Warwick Farm.
Rawiller bounced back after a nasty barrier incident at Canterbury on Wednesday to ride four winners at the Hawkesbury Gold Cup meeting on Thursday.
The tough jockey admitted that he rode through the pain at Hawkesbury but is confident that a ‘rest day’ on Friday will be enough to have him primed for his five rides at Warwick Farm.
“I’m OK but I’ll make sure I have a quiet day, have a bit of physio and be ready for Warwick Farm,” Rawiller told The Daily Telegraph on yesterday.
“I’ll definitely be better for the run, I know what I can do now.”
Rawiller’s successful day at Hawkesbury wasn’t all rosy with Racing New South Wales stewards suspending the top jockey for causing interference in the second race of the day forcing him to is the Chelmsford Stakes race day at Randwick on September 7.
After winning on De Crillon for trainer Tony McEvoy, stewards found Rawiller guilty of shifting in at the 100m hampering Albert’s Symphony.
And Rawiller almost made it five winners for the day with a close second on Julienas behind Coup Ay Tee in the Group 3 $150,000 Panthers Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m).
Rawiller has a first class book of rides today and another day of multiple winners wouldn’t surprise.
He will be aboard raging favourite Rain Affair for Joe Pride in the Group 2 $175,000 Pro-Ride Warwick Stakes (1400m) as well as the Australian Oaks winner Royal Descent who is having her first run back since the Autumn.
Rawiller and Rain Affair made it a one act affair when they streeted their rivals in the Group 3 $125,000 McGrath Real Estate Agents Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two weeks ago and the same result could be on the cards again today.
The Chris Waller trained Royal Descent is primed to run a mighty race while fresh and even though the 1300m might look a bit short, her class should be enough to carry her through.
Rawiller is also back on Lucripetus in the first race and could get the day off on a winning note.
The pair combined to score over 2600m at Randwick last start and are once again among the top fancies for $85,000 Comfort Inn Hunts Liverpool Handicap over 2200m.
Rawiller is also on Charing Cross in the $85,000 Panucci Transport Handicap (1600m) and Pitcrew in the Group 3 $125,000 IBIS Styles Lansvale Up and Coming Stakes (1300m), both for Gai Waterhouse.