JOE Pride has a target race for Invinciano later this month but thinks she can win one along the way before her grand final.
And that race could be today in the eighth event at Rosehill over 1350m.
The I Am Invincible five-year-old is only lightly raced with 18 starts under her belt and she’s really starting to put to it all together now.
After winning two midweek events earlier in the spring, she showed her trainer that she was worth setting for a black-type race.
She’s being aimed up at the Gosford Belle of the Turf in late December and she’ll have two runs before that.
“These mares that are of good, solid Saturday class can show up in a race like that due to the timing of the race,” Pride said.
“A bit of black type for her will be good when we finish her up.”
But she’s possibly Pride’s best hope going around today and will be ridden out of gate four by Brenton Avdulla who rode her to her past two wins.
“She’s fit, she’s very fit,” Pride said.
“She can win it, definitely. She’s only had a short break so she didn’t lose much at all.
“I wouldn’t turn anyone of her if they like her. Her fitness won’t stop her winning.”
“I like Invinciano.
“She’s a tough mare who has taken a long time to mature and the two wins she put together before her freshen up were really good.”
“She just likes dry tracks, that’s where she runs well. She makes her own luck and gets out of trouble.”
It looks like Proletariat is finally starting to earn the respect of punters despite being a $17 chance heading into the sixth race today at Rosehill over 2000m.
He won four races in New Zealand before being transferred to Pride’s yard and sixth and seventh place finishes in the winter didn’t overly please Pride.
“His Kiwi form is pretty good. He disappointed me in his first couple of runs but maybe he just took that preparation to acclimatise,” he said.
This time in he ran last in a midweek race over 1400m then 12th as a $101 chance at Newcastle’s The Hunter meeting when running 4 ¾ lengths behind Super.
But last start at Kembla Grange’s The Gong meeting he ran 1 ½ lengths behind the in-form Accountability over 2000m as a $51 chance.
“I thought he went much better again the other day at Kembla after his Newcastle run,” Pride said.
“He’s a genuine stayer so he’s needed a couple of runs to come right but I thought he put the writing on the wall last start.”
Pride said today’s race was time for the six-year-old to stand up and belong in Sydney Saturday racing.
“My stayers don’t normally get up to this kind of trip until they’ve had their fourth run so this one will be very telling,” Pride said.
“What he does in this race will be very revealing as to where he’s headed in life.
“It will be a smallish field and that won’t hurt his chances either.”
Royal Witness looks over the odds as a $26 hope in the seventh race today, probably for two reasons.
The first is his last start seventh placing in the Norman Carlyon Stakes at Moonee Valley when drawing wide and getting too far back.
“He’s had two goes at the Valley now and it’s happened to him both times so I’m not sure we’ll rush to get him back there, Pride said.
“It was a Listed grade race and he’s back to a Benchmark 88 here but it’s a pretty good race.”
And the other reason he’s at much longer odds than usual is the lack of confidence punters have in him running out a strong 1100m.
He’s had five goes at the trip for three thirds.
“The 1100m is probably the big question mark hanging over his head. He’s been a 1000m horse his whole life,” Pride said.
“When I’ve taken him to 1100m it hasn’t always been the right time and he wasn’t at his best then so his record over the trip probably isn’t a real good indication as to whether he’ll run it.
“He’s very genuine so he’ll run well.”
Originally published asShe’s fit enough to win again: Pride
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