Rob Heathcote knows that Rothfire has the talent to mix him up with the best sprinters, but race day is another matter after a long break.
Coach Rob Heathcote says that Rothfire’s miraculous return to racing is like an elite footballer coming back from a season-ending injury – he knows the Group 1 winner has the talent to match him with the best, but he’s not very sure what you will get in the game. day.
Heathcote is convinced that he has “Thrilla de Chinchilla” in top condition ahead of The Shorts at Randwick on Saturday, but acknowledges that it is only race pressure that will determine whether the Queenslander is officially back.
Rothfire was put to the test with two searing barrier tests, where he dictated terms from the front both times, yet he won’t get away with The Shorts against the likes of Nature Strip, Eduardo, and Lost And Running.
He suffered a sesamoid fracture as a $ 1.55 favorite in Group 1 Golden Rose last year and his 12 months on the sidelines have been well documented, with many believing he would never run again.
“My biggest fear is that joint when it’s under extreme pressure,” Heathcote said casually.
“It’s like the best footballers with hamstrings when they’re in the last 10 minutes of the fourth quarter giving 110 percent.
“But I feel like I’ve pushed him enough, if things were going to go wrong, I think he would have already, so there’s an air of optimism about the place.”
Securing a spot on Everest last week, Heathcote has his sights set on the future with Rothfire, but still wants to see him perform well on Saturday to reassure himself.
With slot holder James Kennedy having his vet run the fine-toothed comb over Rothfire before inscribing him in place at the back of the two trials, Heathcote said it was a deliberate plan to apply as much pressure as possible before facing in race conditions.
“It wasn’t just part of the thinking, it was the plan to put him under pressure in those trials and I think it’s fair to say the plan has worked,” Heathcote said.
“I wanted to show Australia and the racing community how good he was and he went out and ran the best time at Doomben.
“He beat a fairly fast horse at Le Palmier who has not fallen out of favor, and since then he has had a good metropolitan performance on Saturdays.”
With Rothfire leaving Brisbane for the week, Heathcote opted to take a left field path before his return, flying to Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory for a long-awaited fishing trip.
Heathcote Racing Manager Mel Sharpe made the 12-hour drive to Sydney with Rothfire and will stay with him during his time in Harbor City as they attempt to bring Everest north.
With Nature Strip rated a $ 2.30 favorite with TAB, Rothfire is in the third line of bets at $ 5.50, ahead of Eduardo, Gytrash and Lost And Running.
Originally posted as Rob Heathcote compares Rothfire’s return to footballer after season-ending injury