Sydney’s premier rider Nash Rawiller had to sit out the start of the Sydney spring but he is quickly making up for lost time and bagged a double at Warwick Farm.
It’s not often that one of Rawiller’s mounts starts at $51 but that was the case on Wednesday and the two-time premiership-winning hoop got the job done on the Anthony Cummings-trained first starter Prinsengracht.
The four-year-old gelding by More Than Ready launched a strong turn of foot down the outside to claim the Lansvale Maiden Plate (1300m) by three-quarters of a length over Baranski.
While Prinsengracht got under the guard of punters, Rawiller wasn’t surprised the gelding ran so well and believes he has more success in store.
“He’s a lovely horse so it didn’t really surprise me,” Rawiller said.
“He gave me a good feel running to the barriers. We needed to overcome a wide barrier but we were able to do that, he got a lovely cart into the race and the further he went the better he felt.
“I’m not sure where their sights are set but I think his long-term aims are a lot higher than today.”
Cummings said Prinsengracht had had two or three preparations in the stable but just needed time before being produced at the races.
Rawiller missed three weeks through a careless riding suspension and only returned to the saddle last Thursday with a feature winner on Newcastle Cup day.
He saluted on Top Drop in the final race at Rosehill last Saturday and continued on his winning way at Warwick Farm.
Rawiller’s double came when he steered the Clarry Conners-trained Seven Fly Seven to victory in the Royal Randwick TV on Youtube Handicap (1100m).
The most impressive performance on the day, however, was from first starter Pampelonne who appears to have a bright future after taking out the Free Entry Today Handicap (1100m).
Trainer Tim Martin expected the promising gelding to make a winning debut and Pampelonne didn’t let him down as he raced clear after settling just behind the lead to win by two lengths.
“He’s the real deal,” Martin said, adding the three-year-old would head to Melbourne should he perform up to expectations at his next start at Rosehill in 10 days.
“He was my best two-year-old last year but he just needed a bit of time,” Martin said.