Hannans Jockeys confirmed and Corvara's Preparation Over
Leading Victorian and South Australian jockeys Brad Rawiller and Clare Lindop have accepted invitations by the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club to ride at next Wednesday week’s $120,000 Tabtouch Hannan’s Handicap (1400m) meeting.
Rawiller has a long and successful association with Kalgoorlie and Perth racing, claiming his first Group 1 at Ascot on the David Hayes-trained Niconero in the 2006 Kingston Town Classic.
The talented heavy-weight rider has built a close alliance with WA’s 2015-16 Horse of the Year, Black Heart Bart, since being transferred to Victoria’s premier trainer Darren Weir early last year.
Rawiller rode Black Heart Bart at all five of his Group 1 wins in the C F Orr, Futurity, Underwood, Memsie stakes and The Goodwood.
Rawiller, who won the 2010 WATC Derby on Charteux and 2011 A J Scahill Stakes on Grand Nirvana, has ridden winners at the Kalgoorlie round as an invitation rider at his past three trips to the Goldfields in 2013, 2014 and last year.
Lindop, who is the Nos 1 stable rider for leading Adelaide co-trainers Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas, has won two SA premierships and was the first female rider to ride in a Melbourne Cup, when she finished 19th on Debben in 2003.
Lindop rode winners at her past two trips as an invitation rider to the Kalgoorlie Round and Bunbury Cup carnival last year and in 2015.
“Brad and Clare have enjoyed their time at Kalgoorlie in the past and were keen to return for the Hannan’s meeting,” Club CEO Tony Crook said. “Both riders were well received by trainers here.
“Clare is looking forward to riding track work at Kalgoorlie on Wednesday morning, when the grass will be opened for Kalgoorlie Cup runners.”
Former Collingwood footballer Mark Bayliss, whose family owned Reflectance, who was narrowly beaten by Socially Unique in last year’s Hannan’s Handicap, will take bookings for both riders. Mark can be contacted on 041.7911427.
Trainer Merv Dellar’s aspirations of star Kalgoorlie mare Corvara running in the Hannan’s Handicap has been thwarted by injury.
Corvara, who is unbeaten at her six starts at Kalgoorlie this year, suffered a bone chip and a stress fracture to her off-side knee.
Dellar has been devastated with half of his team wiped out through injury with Kronfeld and General Groove also suffering severe injuries.
“I have gone from a stable of six gallopers to three,” Dellar said.
“Corvara has had X-rays and they have shown she has a chip and a stress fracture.
“She will have an operation to clean up the knee, but we won’t know how severe things are until later.
“Kronfeld has never had a vet to him in his career but he suffered three large holes to his tendon and will be retired.
“He is a seven-year-old and would need 12 months off. That would make him an eight-year-old and he can enjoy the rest of his life as a lead pony.
“General Groove is an old timer (eight-year-old) who we had high hopes to maintain, but he suffered a bad injury in the Mayoral Cup.”
Karrakatta Plate winning jockey Shaun McGruddy rejoins Dark Royalty in tomorrow’s GBF Underground Kambalda Cup (1400m).
The winner of the $30,000 Kambalda Cup is exempt from the ballot in the Hannan’s Handicap.
Apprentice Fiona Bell rode the son of leading WA stallion Blackfriars to a brilliant win in the Goldfields Toyota Cup (1300m) on August 27.
Dark Royalty was clocked as the fastest horse at 34.50secs over the last 600m, when lumping the biggest weight of his 18-start career on 60.5kg.
He had won a trial over 1100m at Kalgoorlie the week before and was having his first start since running sixth over 1400m at Belmont Park on June 17.
McGruddy rode the six-year-old at his previous win over 1400m when he stormed home to easily beat War God at Belmont on June 3.
McGruddy was not overly concerned about Dark Royalty draw in 10 in the 11 horse field.
“He looks one of the best hopes of the local horses for the Hannan’s,” McGruddy said.
“He gets back in his races anyhow so I don’t think the barrier is a big concern.
“I am leaning to him as my ride in the Hannan’s.
“Steve Wolfe (trainer) had My Greek Boy aimed at the Hannan’s but he went terrible at Belmont last Saturday.”
My Greek Boy finished ninth (beaten 4 lens) to Flying Roar in a 1400m Benchmark 72-plus handicap.
Trainer Joanne Forrest said Dark Royalty had shown improvement since having his first start in 10 weeks.
“He’s won every time first up except for a couple of years ago when he struck a boggy track,” Forrest said.
“I was a bit concerned about trialing him a week before, but he raced great.
“I have taken it easy with him since his win and he seems to have improved.
“He does get back, but not as far back as he did last time (last of nine) and he can sustain a long run.
“I am looking at the Hannan’s and will see what happens on Sunday.
“I probably will never get another horse good enough to run in the Hannan’s again.”
Leading Perth trainer Neville Parnham has booked his son Chris to ride War God in the Kambalda Cup.
Chris Parnham is aiming for more feature success in the Goldfields, after riding Bollywood Blitz to a striking win in last Sunday’s Coolgardie Cup (1760m).
William Pike rode War God to run a solid third to Flying Roar over 1400m at Belmont last Saturday.
The five-year-old goes up a half kilo to 58.5kg in the Kambalda Cup, but has a superior draw in gate two to his previous start (10).
Former top Toowoomba jockey Skye Bogenhuber replaces Pike on Viking Forrest, who ran a gallant second to Dark Royalty in the Toyota Cup.
Bogenhuber will ride the five-year-old at 2.5 kilos less on 54.5kg than he carried at his last start. The gelding meets Dark Royalty a kilo better on weight terms.
Trainer Rod Brown’s hand is strengthened with Hey Bro and Kalavedo also running in the Cup.
Leading Goldfields’ rider Daniel Staeck stays on top of Hey Bro, who ran fifth (5.5lens) to Dark Royalty last start, while apprentice Kate Fitzgerald takes her first ride on Kalavedo.
Fitzgerald’s 1.5kg claim will see the six-year-old carry the lightest weight of his 25-start career on 52.5kg.
Kalavedo returned with a cardiac arrhythmia following his last of nine to Carob over 1600m at Kalgoorlie on July 30.
Kalavedo underlined he was back on course for the Kambalda Cup with an easy 1 ¼ length win in an 1100m trial at Kalgoorlie on August 27.
Premier trainer Peter Fernie gang-tackles the Cup with four runners – Prohurst Express, The Cruel Sea, Casino Belle and Thidwick The Moose.
Thidwick The Moose butters up after a fighting win over A Bit Sketchy over 1600m at Kalgoorlie last Sunday.
Fernie has booked the in-form Fred Kersley jr to replace Jarrad Noske on Thidwick The Moose, who is down 7.5kg to 52kg with the apprentice’s two kilo claim on his last win.
Noske replaces Mitchell Pateman on The Cruel Sea, who drops three kilos to 56kg on his two-length third to Dark Royalty in the Toyota Cup. The Cruel Sea meets Dark Royalty on 1.5kg weight turn around in his favour.
Pateman is back on board the top-weight (59.5kg) Prohurst Express, after Kerlsey rode the gelding at his past four starts, including his eighth when carrying 61.5kg in the Toyota Cup.
Lucy Warwick keeps the ride on Casino Belle, who was the runner-up to Bollywood Blitz in The Goldrush (1600m) on August 20.