Trainer Lloyd Kennewell is hopeful a drop in the weight for the Adelaide Cup will help Rialya return to the winners circle next week.
Rialya carried 57kg when run down by Enchanting Waters in the Group 3 Boag’s Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morhpettville last Saturday.
Enchanting Waters carried 54kg to victory but drops to 53kg in the Group 2 $400,000 Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville on March 12 while Rialya will drop three kilos to 54kg.
“Rialya is one of those horses that has been looking for further ground and he’s right on track now so hopefully he can keep taking the next step,” Kennewell said.
“He has been given 54kg for the Adelaide Cup so he gets in really well.”
Saturday’s Flemington winner Drunken Sailor is also heading towards the Adelaide Cup after humping 60kg with Damien Oliver aboard to take out the Listed $125,000 Roy Higgins Quality.
Oliver was quick to recover from a nasty fall on Friday night at Moonee Valley to push Drunken Sailor up along the fence to score a narrow but convincing win.
Trainer Mike Moroney has to decide during the week if he is to leave the blinkers off Drunken Sailor who has been allocated 59.5kg for the Adelaide Cup or put them back on after the seven year old relaxed and switched off over the final stages.
“The problem was he was switching on too much and we’ve got two miles to go in the Adelaide Cup and I’ll have a talk to Ollie about it and we will see if we leave them off or put them back on,” Moroney said.
Tasmanian trained Norsqui is also on target for the Adelaide Cup after winning the Listed $300,000 Mornington Cup (2400m) on February 1 and will carry 56kg for his third attempt at 3200m after being placed twice over the distance at Flemington and Sandown.