Wendy Roche is glad Victoria’s lockdown conditions have eased because she reckons stable star Nettoyer will celebrating, sinking bubbly and eating pizza all over Melbourne come Saturday night.
Roche is set to back up her quirky Doncaster winner, known for a unique diet that would have most equine nutritionists pulling their hair out, in Saturday’s Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington.
Nettoyer is on a seven-day turnaround after she was a $101 outsider in last Saturday’s Cox Plate at The Valley, running well above that quote when coming from last to finish ninth in the $5 million weight-for-age classic.
Roche had no hesitation making the decision to turn her focus to another Group 1 assignment on the short back up after the run.
Nettoyer heading to the barriers for the Cox Plate.Source:Getty Images
And she believes her talented mare will be the horse to beat over the mile at Flemington.
“I reckon she will win it,” Roche said.
“She was a bit of a victim of circumstances in the Cox Plate but has pulled up terrific and should be going very close on Saturday.
“She is thriving. She is eating well and her weight is what it normally is at 522kg.”
Roche came to Flemington with Nettoyer last spring to contest the Empire Rose Stakes and Matriarch Stakes but the daughter of Sebring failed to produce her best when missing the placings in both runs.
From last to first, what a performance 🐎 💨
Nettoyer's Doncaster gives @InnesJnr and @WendyRoche3 their first Group 1 win! @7horseracing pic.twitter.com/6nPdVWb1LZ
The Warwick Farm trainer believes her seven-year-old star, which provided her with her maiden Group 1 win in the Doncaster can turn the tables in 2020.
“Every other time she has gone to Flemington she has went terrible but it has been at the end of her carnival and she has had some excuses,” Roche said.
“Last time she raced there she got pneumonia and had to stay down there.
“This time I think she is going there in great form and a strong Cox Plate back to the mile should really suit her.
“When she won the Doncaster she ran in the Ranvet over 2000m then back to the mile so that works for her.”
Trainer Wendy Roche (right) after winning the Doncaster Mile. Photo: AAP Image/Dan HimbrechtsSource:AAP
Roche has enlisted the services of the in-form Glen Boss for the Empire Rose with the jockey riding high on confidence from his fourth Cox Plate victory aboard Sir Dragonet last weekend at The Valley.
“He has ridden her before and gets on with her. Being in form as well, he is the number one man for the job,” Roche said.
“I won’t give him any instructions. Bossy knows what he is doing.
“If there is one instruction it will be just to get her to the gates.”
TAB.com.au have Nettoyer at $10 for the the Empire Rose Stakes with Tasmanian star Mystic Journey the $3.50 favourite.
The final field will be declared on Wednesday morning.
Originally published asEmpire Rose Stakes: ‘I reckon she will win it’
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