Connections of He’s Our Rokkii will make a decision before the weekend if he runs in Saturday’s Group 2 $250,000 Sandown Guineas (1600m) at Sandown or be saved for the Ascot Summer Carnival in Perth.
Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig said that He’s Our Rokkii is a chance for be scratched this Saturday after drawing barrier thirteen in the fifteen horse Sandown Guineas and be sent to Perth to run in the Group 2 $500,000 W.A. Guineas (1600m) at Ascot November 21.
“From the wide gate, a decision will be made today, we’ll be talking to Mark Pilkington and the connections, but there’s a chance he may be scratched and go to Perth for Saturday the 21st and run in the WA Guineas,” Dabernig told RSN’s Racing Ahead.
The W.A. Guineas is worth twice a s much as the Sandown Guineas and a trip to Perth could see He’s Our Rokkii also take on weight for age company in the Group 1 $1m Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot on December 5.
He’s Our Rokkii has been listed as one of the main chances for the Sandown Guineas and is on the third line of betting at $7.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au coming off some consistent form.
The Roc De Cambes gelding ran second over 1600m in a BenchMark 78 Handicap at Caulfield on October 14 followed by a one and a quarter lengths fourth to Mahuta in the Group 3 $200,000 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on October 31.
Damian Lane was aboard at both his recent runs and gets the mount again on Saturday if He’s Our Rokkii takes his place in the field.
Dabernig and co-trainer David Hayes will also saddle up Flying Light who is marked as a $21 chance in the Sandown Guineas.
Flying Light also went around in the Carbine Club Stakes and passed a couple in the straight to wind up in sixth spot behind Mahuta.
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Kerrin McEvoy takes over from Michael Walker and the Exceed And Excel three year old will jump from barrier ten.
The Darren Weir trained Mahuta is the winner of his last three starts, his latest being the Carbine Club Stakes, and is currently on the second line of betting at $5.50 behind Tony McEvoy’s filly Don’t Doubt Mamma who heads the market order at $4.20.
Sandown Guineas market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.20 Don’t Doubt Mamma, $5.50 Mahuta, $7.50 He’s Our Rokkii, $8.50 Ngarimu, $9 Demonstrate, $10 Dal Cielo, $12 Patch Adams, $15 Zafiki, $21 Marky Mark, Maysam, Flying Light, $26 Shockaholic, $34 Gredington, Sea Of Tranquility, $81 The Grey Flash.