In-form galloper Ruling Dynasty can remain unbeaten for the Robert Heathcote stable if he can rack up a hat trick of wins with a victory in the Listed $100,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Mile (1600m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Ruling Dynasty has had two wins for Heathcote since being transferred for the Gold Coast trainer Marcus Wilson in a 1600m BenchMark 85 Handicap at the Sunshine Coast and in an Open Handicap over 1640m at Doomben last start on July 7.
Jockey Jim Byrne was aboard Ruling Dynasty last start at Doomben and will get the mount again in the Tattersall’s Mile and was on hand at track work during the week to put the six year old through his paces.
Heathcote said that Ruling Dynasty and Byrne combined for a slick mid-week gallop which gave the prominent Eagle Farm trainer plenty of confidence heading into Saturday.
“He was very good in track work this week when Jim Byrne rode him and he’s a good hope of making it three from three for us,” Heathcote told Racing Queensland News.
Byrne will have to ride for luck again after Ruling Dynasty draw barrier ten in the field that has been reduced to fifteen runners with the early scratching of the Chris Waller trained Dagny who is an acceptor in the BenchMark 92 Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Ruling Dynasty is listed at $8 for the Tattersall’s Mile with Ladbrokes.com.au who have his stablemate No Annamossity marked as the $3.90 equal favourite alongside of the Kris Lees trained Princess Posh.
Heathcode will also saddle up $26 chance Lordag who has drawn barrier eleven with apprentice Taylor Marshall to ride.
No Annamossity is the winner of two of his last three starts and has drawn barrier seven with Matt McGillivray replacing apprentice Boris Thornton.
Thornton had been aboard the four year old for his last three outings that produced two wins over 1350m at Doomben in a BenchMark 75 Handicap and in a BenchMark 85 Handicap with a third placing over the same course and distance sandwiched in between.
“He’s been racing well and it was a dominant win last start,” Heathcote said.
“I was hoping to look at some of the better races with him during the winter but he had some issues early in his career so there was no rush with him.
“He’s only four and there’s always next winter with him.
“This is an obvious step up in class and Sheiswhatsheis is thrown in at the weights while Princess Posh also looks very hard to beat.”
“He’s only had four runs this campaign and there’s room for two more before he goes back out but there’s no plans to go south with him.”
The Tony Gollan trained Sheiswhatsheis is a six times winner over the same course and distance as the Tattersall’s Mile and is solid in the betting at $5.50.
Brisbane’s premier jockey Jeff Lloyd will stick with Sheiswhatsheis who has drawn barrier twelve.