Top jockey Nash Rawiller has unshakeable faith in Eduardo and Think It Over as he looks to secure a race double at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
They haven’t been the hottest horses to date, but Think It Over and Eduardo are finally getting the respect they deserve and can deliver Nash Rawiller a double at Randwick on Saturday.
“Think It Over is Kembla Grange trained, which could have something to do with it. However, the horse has a lot of followers there, ”Rawiller said.
“His track record is starting to speak for itself now and he’s starting to gain some fans pretty quickly.”
Think It Over broke through in the best way in the final setup by winning Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill in the fall as a $ 26 shot.
And the six-year-old trained by Kerry Parker improved his reputation in two ways in the final Group 2 start at the Chelmsford Stakes.
Not only did he win the race, but he was the only great weapon to challenge Riodini late as players like Cascadian, She’s Ideel and Kukeracha were nowhere to be seen.
“That day, I was confident enough to go ahead and risk a good race and the horse did the rest,” Rawiller said.
“I was a bit worried about the 100 meters when Riodini kept kicking like he did, but my horse was gallant.
“Kerry had him up and on the last outing, but I still felt there was an improvement in him, that’s for sure.”
He has qualified as the $ 4.40 second seed to win Group 1 on Saturday at the George Main Stakes (1,600m) behind Verry Elleegant ($ 2.20).
In the fall, he proved he is not far behind the eight-time winner of Group 1 when he ran less than a length and a half to Verry Elleegant in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
“I think Think It Over has gradually raised the bar,” Rawiller said.
Eduardo will undoubtedly need to raise the bar this time if he wants to win his target races.
A few days ago he won a $ 15 million Everest race and will run first Saturday in Group 2 The Shorts (1100m).
He has an $ 8.50 hope to knock out the popular $ 2.40 favorite Nature Strip.
Odds say he doesn’t have much of a chance of winning, but the two were shipped at similar prices in the fall in Challenge Stakes and Eduardo got it late that day.
“I remember riding it for the first time against the Nature Strip in the fall and it had a long and a half break,” Rawiller said.
“I could feel at 350m that I could catch him and you only think like that when you know the type of horse you have under you.
“We have built a great partnership together and he never let me down. It just shows up at every outing and I gain confidence every time I ride it.
“It was very green when I started riding it. He used to duck and dive under you when you were going for him, but gradually he gained more experience and became the best front-line player. “
Rawiller also participates in Four Moves Ahead in another major race, the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m).
She came from 13th place to run a length and a half fifth behind Jamaea in the Furious Stakes (1200m), but the extra trip will do well for the John Sargent-trained filly.
“It took a bit of ground last time, but then he relaxed well and hit the line pretty well,” Rawiller said.
“Hopefully we can find a good shelter somewhere and she will be ready to go.”