Rialya Breaks Drought in Tattersall’s Cup

By: Isaac Ling
June 22nd, 2013
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Race-hardened stayer Rialya fought back in the dying stages of the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2150m) at Eagle Farm today to claim his first win in 15 months.


Rialya wins their first race in 15 months in the Group 3 Tattersall's Cup. Photo by Daniel Costello

The five-year-old hadn’t seen the winner’s stall since the 2012 Adelaide Cup but was clearly at his best for today’s staying test.

With Joe Bowditch in the saddle, the Lloyd Kennewell-trained gelding held a prominent position in the straight before being headed by well-backed favourite Rothera at the 200m mark.

But when the favourite faded shortly after assuming the lead, Rialya rallied and powered through the line to score from a fast-finishing Shenzhou Steeds.

Kennewell’s father Lloyd was trackside to witness the drought-breaking win and was delighted at his return to form.

“It’s just great to come and win a nice Group race like that, it’s fantastic,” Kennewell said.

“When he came out at the 600m mark I thought here’s his opportunity to keep grinding and that’s exactly what he did.”

Kennewell mentioned the Perth Cup as a possible long-range target but said on the immediate agenda is the Listed Queensland Cup (3200m) at Eagle Farm on July 6.

“He’s definitely in form now and he won’t get a silly weight,” he said.

Bowditch admitted Rialya is not the easiest horse to ride but praised his effort to fight back after being overtaken in the straight.

“He’s a big strong horse and he can give you a hard time…but to his credit he dug in today,” Bowditch said.

Michael Moroney-trained gelding Shenzhou Steeds built a case to defend his title in next weekend’s Caloundra Cup with a promising return to form.

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