Say My Name out of this week's Taylor Mile
He's been in superb form since resuming a month ago, but the campaign of Say My Name is again on hold after a minor soreness issue has seen him scratched from this week's Taylor Mile.
Say My Name travelled north late last week and had settled in superbly. However, before coming north, John had noted a minor issue that they have been monitoring. While the horse has worked superbly this week, he showed some signs of soreness again today after working.
"John said that he felt a million dollars this morning in his work," said Robert, "but again this slight niggle has been evident once he has cooled down."
Robert felt that the horse could still start this week, but after a phonecall to owner Ross Gordon the call was made to pull the pin this week and instead get ready for next week's Messenger.
"Like us, Ross thinks so much of the horse and after all the progress that we have made, he didn't want to put things back by starting unnecessarily."
While a setback, Robert is philosophical about where this leaves them.
"It's always been as a five year old that we really expected to see the best of this guy and nothing has changed in that regard. He looks all over a great stayer and this year's cup is a serious goal right now for him."
While the loss of Say My Name is a big disappointment for the stable, they are still represented in this week's Taylor Mile by two real live chances in Little Rascal and Robbie Burns.
"Robbie Burns has a draw that he can really work with here," said Robert and having Tim (Williams) on here is a real bonus. He'll be going forward and we will be looking to find the top here."
Robbie Burns has been bereft of luck in some regards this campaign, but at his very best he would not be without a hope.
Stablemate Little Rascal is perhaps the better of the two stable chances. While his formline is a little bit off, his last start run has given driver John Dunn a lot of hope.
"Some very reliable people have told me that his last half here a fortnight ago is amongst the very fastest ever run at Alexandra Park. Mark Jones drove him that night and he has put in a massive run after missing away. He's got a pretty handy draw and with a peak run I don't think that he will be far away."
This year's Taylor Mile gives the appearance of being a very even field. With Have Faith In Me and Hughie Green both in the paddock, it will be the likes of Field Marshall from the south and Hug The Wind from the north that will likely dispute the favouritism. Throw in the Australian My Kiwi Mate and as always, it will be an exciting race.
Posted: Wed 20 Apr 2016