Sprinter Waihaha Falls (NZ) won’t get his preferred rain-affected conditions at Randwick, but he will have another couple of factors in his favour when he lines-up in the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap.
The six-year-old resumed with a solid fifth over the same course and distance on Melbourne Cup Day, the effort satisfying trainer John O’Shea he had returned in good shape.
Waihaha Falls (NZ) races best fresh; picture sportpix.com.au
Knowing the gelding appreciates his races spaced, O’Shea has given him a month between runs and significantly, Waihaha Falls (NZ) arrives at the Razor Sharp second-up. The horse has four wins and four placings from 17 starts, half of those coming at his second run from a spell, and the timing of his appearance in a stakes race is no coincidence.
“It has been on our radar for a while,” O’Shea said. “He would have preferred a little toe [in the ground] but he’s a horse that loves being three or four weeks between runs and he gets that on Saturday.
“He gets a good gate [barrier three] and he’s taken a really big step forward from his first-up run. It’s a nice race for him.”
With Devil’s Throat a scratching, a field of 11 will contest the feature sprint, including three last-start winners in Insurrection, With Your Blessing and Dynamic Impact.
David Payne confirmed Fox Fighter would back-up from his fourth behind Dragonstone in the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill last weekend, the horse having performed well off a seven-day turnaround twice before.
“Most horses you can back-up, as long as you don’t hurt them in between,” Payne said.
“He will run well and 1200 will suit him. It was a good run last week, it just didn’t work out. He had to go a bit early on him but the horse is well.”