Horse Racing

Draw for Rodrigo Diaz a Geelong Cup dilemma

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Australia’s Bloodstock player tested from wide gate at Geelong Cup

Australia’s Bloodstock team didn’t have any complaints with Rodrigo Diaz’s time in Australia until Monday morning.

That’s when the barrier comes Wednesday’s Geelong Cup Group 3 worth $500,000 (2400m) was conducted.

The driver coached by David Simcock was monstrously successful, drawing gate 17 – which becomes 15 if the two emergencies don’t start – which has greatly increased the difficulty level when facing racer Damien Oliver by Jamie Lovett of Australian Bloodstock.

“With his first play, we hoped to help him be more active, but that may not work anymore.

“He could have come back, which would make it hard for you to win on a big playing field.

“But he is there to win. Looking at the entry order, he will miss a run in 2022 Melbourne Cupso he needs to win and get a penalty. “

Rodrigo Diaz, who weighs only 50.5kg in Melbourne Cupdropped to 32nd in order of updated entry, released on Monday afternoon.

Golden Horn’s son arrives in Australia, winning four of his 17 starts, with a further six minor crowns.

Among them is third place in Group 3 Henry II Shares (3264m) won by Quickthorn with three back starts and second place goes to Coltrane in Listed Marathon Shares (3264m) two starts replay.

He hasn’t entered the races since placing 13th with a $41 chance in the Ebor Handicap (2787m) on Aug 20.

He is among the Northern Hemisphere galloping towards the market leader of the Geelong Cup with Interpreter (barrier four), Surefire (six), Makram (18) and Francesco Guardi (15) among the winners. others involved in field 17 plus two emergencies.

Lovett said all reports have been favorable since Rodrigo Diaz’s arrival at the Werribee quarantine facility.

“David Simcock told me his man has been out there with the horse since he was a pony, so he knows the horse inside and out and he’s happy with the horse. the way he settles down,” Lovett said.

“His job was so good, ‘Ollie’ went out and rode him and was very pleased with him so we have no excuses in that department.

“He’s in good form, it’s just a matter of, one, if he’s good enough and, two, whether he’s on the right track from that draw.”

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