Leading jockey Michael Rodd is confident that Australian Cup winner Super Cool can record the first victory of his 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday but believes Fiorente is the biggest threat to his winning chances.
Super Cool flew home late to finish ahead of Fiorente in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield a fortnight ago but Fiorente had plenty of excuses after missing the start and being blocked for a run in the final stages of the race.
Rodd told Sky Racing HQ that he has been happy with how Super Cool has progressed after his first-up run and believes he will be suited by the pace of the race but is clearly worried by the threat posed by 2012 Melbourne Cup runner-up Fiorente.
“He looks fantastic, that run really tightened him up and his coat is really starting to come through now,” Rodd said on Sky Racing Radio.
“I galloped him this morning and he looked lovely.
“It is a nice for him on Saturday, there looks to be some good pace there, so he can sit back and hopefully tear over the top of them in the end.
“Everybody knows what happened to Fiorente (in the Memsie Stakes), he stepped away from the barriers a little bit slow and you can’t afford to do that in these big races, and I’m sure that they have done something to get him out of the barriers alright.
“He is definitely a class horse and one to watch.”
While Super Cool and Fiorente have dominated the headlines in the lead-up to the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes, there are a number of other classy horses taking place in the race.
Group 1 winner Happy Trails is aiming to win the race for the second year in a row while 2011 Victoria Derby winner Sangster will return to Australia for the first time since he finished third in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m).