Sir Bacchus tipped to overcome obstacles

SirBacchustippedtoovercomeobstacles

June23,20174:36pm。

byAAP

TheChrisWaller-trainedSirBacchusmustovercometheoutsidebarrierandunfamiliartrackconditionstojustifyhisjointfavouritismfortheWinterDashatRandwick。

Thefour-year-oldalsostepsbackindistancefromhislast-startsecondintheOctagonalHandicapatRosehillearlierthismonthbutWallersracingmanagerCharlieDuckworththinksthebarrierwillbethetoughestobstacletoovercomeonSaturday。

Thebarrierdoesmakeitabittricky,Duckworthsaid。

InJanuarylastyearDamienOliverhadtonavigateSirBacchusfromtheoutsidegateintheMagicMillions3YOGuineasontheGoldCoast,andheranwidethroughouttofinish10thinthe16-strongfield。

SirBacchus,whowasalongsidetheDarrenBeadman-trainedTesseraonFridayasthe$3。

20favouriteforthe1200m-race,hasbeenblessedwithinsidegatesduringthispreparation,neverhavingjumpedfromfurtheroutthanbarrierfourinhisthreeruns。

HealsostrikesaheavytrackforjustthesecondtimethoughDuckworthdisregardedhisfirstrunonthattypeofground,wherehefinishedsecondlastatRandwickinanbenchmarkraceinApril。

ThecoursewasupgradedonFridayfromaheavy9toan8andDuckworthwasconfidentSirBacchuswouldacquithimselfbetter。

DespitenotlookinglikeaverygoodrunKerrin(McEvoy)gotoffandgaveaglowingreport,Duckworthsaid。

ThereweremitigatingfactorswithSirBacchusbeingcheckedearlyandthenblockedinthestraight。

WalleriswellrepresentedatRandwick,wherestayerRichardOfYorke($3。

60)backsupfromadoggedrunintheStayersCup(3200m),andthree-year-oldORachael($11)makesherAustraliandebutaftercrossingtheTasmanfromStephenMcKeesstable。

DuckworthwasencouragedbyRichardOfYorkesrunbehindPlotTwistandsaidhehadrecoveredwell。

Hesdroppingbacktothe2400wherehisformhasbeenexceptionalandhelostnothingindefeatlaststart,hesaid。

Hescertainlyshowednoill-effectsofbeingflattenedbythetwomilerun。

DuckworthwasconfidentORachael,whoracedinGrouporListedcompanyfivetimesinNewZealand,wouldhandlehernewenvironmentinabenchmarkhandicap(1200m)。

Shesseemedtohaveacclimatisedtoourwayoftrainingverywell,hesaid。