Having his first runners at the racetrack Peter Robl now calls home is more about the future than the present for latest addition to Sydney’s training ranks.
The ex-jockey has been training since taking over the Segenhoe Stud’s racing operation at the end of December and he will start three horses in important races at Randwick on Saturday.
He admits it’s not going to be easy for Centre Pivot, Sugarparma and Aussies Love Sport but Robl says they can fit in somewhere during the autumn carnival.
“Our philosophy is to place them the best we can and have a plan with each one for what we want to achieve for the prep,” Robl said.
For Centre Pivot, a Winona Costin ride, that means the unenviable task of trying to match it with the fleet-footed Winx in the mare’s return to racing in the Apollo Stakes.
Robl admits there are other races more suitable for Centre Pivot but finding them as neatly spaced lead-up runs to next month’s Canberra Cup has been difficult.
“It’s probably more by default that he’s there because there wasn’t anything suitable bar Group races at this time of the year to run him in,” Robl said.
“While it is too strong for him, it slotted in with what we are trying to achieve with him and that’s trying to win the Canberra Cup.”
Sugarparma is one of 10 two-year-olds Robl has on his books and she returns from a two-start Queensland campaign to run in the Lonhro Plate.
“She’s come back after two weeks in the paddock and she’s come back in good order,” Robl said.
Sugarparma backed up a Gold Coast win on debut with a last-start fourth in the Group Three B J McLachlan Stakes when Robl said there was merit in her effort to finish 2-1/4 lengths from the winner.
“She ran well after getting caught three deep on a bit of a limb,” he said.
Aussies Love Sport completes Robl’s team when he runs in the Southern Cross Stakes and the sprinter will be ridden by Brenton Avdulla who also takes the mount on Sugarparma.