Rothera back up fine, Ballarat Cup trip a worry

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Rothera will step up to 2200m in the Ballarat Cup on Sunday

The Peter Moody’s stable concern that Rothera may not back up after eight days in Sunday’s Listed $150,000 Ballarat Cup (2200m) has little validity.

But the bigger concern is whether the son of Tobougg will run out a strong 2200m.

TABsportsbet have the six-year-old gelding a $4.40 favourite after his good win in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown Hillside last week.

Moody’s racing manager Jeff O’Connor believes Rothera will run out a strong 2200m.

O’Connor said Rothera had not backed up so quickly since joining the stable in September with all four races having been spaced a fortnight apart.

O’Connor said it was new territory for the stable to be backing Rothera up so quickly, so it was important he was “105 per cent”.

But a look at his past reveals Rothera, when in the hands of Ben Currie, has had a seven day back on three occasions.

And his score is a win, a second and an unplaced performance.

The latest occasion produced a win in March this year in the Listed Members Hcp (1600m) at Eagle Farm on a heavy track.

While Rothera has a love for wet ground he showed last Saturday he can win on dry as well.

That 1800m win was the furthest distance Rothera had raced and on Sunday he needs to up it by a further 400m with 59kg.

Rothera has won twice with 58kg but was unplaced in two starts with 59kg.

His best effort with 59kg was fourth in the Group 2 2010 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast beaten three and three quarter lengths by Metal Bender.

One would think this is a tad easier but can he carry it over the extra trip?

Eight of his Cup rivals have won at 2200m or over and another six have at least won at 2000m.

Rothera is some risk but obviously can’t be ruled out of Cup contention.

While Cup day is expected to be sunny, rain is expected in the large provincial town tomorrow.

Presently the track is a dead four. The rail will be in the true position.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 X891X79901 ROTHERA Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 8 59kg 104
2 5X060X9600 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) Luke Oliver Jamie Mott 2 58kg 102
3 07F2631XL8 TINSELTOWN (NZ) Michael Moroney Ms Lisa Cropp 10 58kg 102
4 3411X99273 PADDY O’REILLY (NZ) Robert Smerdon Craig Newitt 17 56.5kg 99
5 31488X7140 BOOM ’N’ ZOOM Ken Keys Lincoln Coffey 11 56kg 98
6 4956X00426 RED BUTTONS Michael Kent Dean Yendall 3 55.5kg 97
7 109X573702 DOMESKY Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 6 55kg 95
8 123X062420 FOXHAM Tony McEvoy Ms Michelle Payne 1 53.5kg 89
9 40135X4002 STOLE (NZ) Brian Jenkins Ben Melham 14 53.5kg 89
10 8X000X6450 CHARTREUX David Hayes Stephen Baster 7 53.5kg 86
11 X080X09035 APPREHEND Tony Vasil Jordan Mallyon (a) 16 53.5kg 85
12 3X2053X441 MUSICAL HIT Ken Keys Dwayne Dunn 12 53.5kg 85
13 79126X1519 SEAN BAILE MOR Todd Balfour Jake Noonan (a) 15 53.5kg 82
14 9890X56183 NIPTIOUS Danny Curran Craig Robertson 9 53.5kg 80
15 631X581033 ULUNDI Pat Carey Chris Symons 4 53.5kg 78
16 1X20160X18 NOBLE DESTINY Todd Balfour Thomas Sadler (a) 5 53.5kg 66
17 9353424333 DORSODURO Kelvin Bourke Jacob Rule (a) 13 53.5kg 64

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