Nowra races: Royal Monarch hoping luck changes in Mollymook Cup
Canberra trainer John Rolfe has Royal Monarch running at Nowra on Sunday in the Mollymook Cup (1200m) and you wouldn’t believe how much he cost.
The big team of owners only had to fork out $1500 for the son of Shamus Award after previously being trained by Kris Lees and Mack Griffith.
He’s since had seven starts for the new stable and won twice and ran in the placings a further four times to earn $38,370.
“He’s been a good buy,” Rolfe said. “Every time we’ve raced him he’s been thereabouts so he’s been very consistent since we bought him.”
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Jay Ford is the jockey to follow at Nowra. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The five-year-old comes into Sunday’s race off his only unplaced run for Rolfe at Canberra but even then he was only a length off the winner and it should’ve been another placing.
“He was unlucky at Canberra. He got squeezed up at the top of the straight when he was about to make his run and if he didn’t he would’ve run second for sure,” Rolfe said. “He’s still learning how to gallop and he needs to learn how to settle. He can over-race. If he settled he might have won all the runs he’s had for us.
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“You’ve got to smother him up. We always try and do that with him and you can’t hunt him out and get him going otherwise he over-races and that was the problem at Canberra.
“He got pushed out and went too hard and was found a little bit wanting at the finish.”
Regular rider Michael Heagney will guide Royal Monarch out of barrier 10 and he knows he won’t be able to get him to the front until late in the race. The beauty of Royal Monarch is that he’ll run on any surface and if the rain stays away it’s a bonus.
“When he won at Gundagai he didn’t get out until the 100m and he won it late. He needs a mile but we can’t race him there at the moment because he won’t settle,” Rolfe said.
“I think he’ll go close to winning it, he’s going that well. Hopefully the pace is on and the track shouldn’t worry him.
“Everyone thinks he’s just a mud runner but he’s better on a dry track. He just handles both but on a good track he accelerates better.”
Nowra will host a seven-race card on Sunday. Picture: Hollie AdamsSource:News Corp Australia
Earlier in the day, Glowing Cat runs in a Class 1 Handicap (1200m) and he mixes his form.
He’s only won once and comes into Sunday’s race off a fourth placing in a 1000m race which was unsuitable.
This race might not quite be his ideal one either but he should be an improver.
“He’s looking for 1400m or a mile. He’s had two runs over 1000m and this run should top him off for a 1400m run next time,” Rolfe said. “He’s had bone chips removed after showing promise early on for Joe Pride so hopefully we can start to see him back to his best soon.”
Bycromac runs in the fourth event and is trying to break through at start 34. He’s placed on seven occasions. “He’s been around a while and one day he’ll break his maiden,” Rolfe said.
Meantime, Boom And Zoom has won just once from 16 starts but trainer Natalie Jarvis and her owners will still head to Nowra on Sunday confident she’ll win.
The four-year-old has placed on eight occasions which is probably why she gives her connections hope every time she runs.
“She’s one of those horses that we always think is going to win but she can draw a wide gate and find bad luck in the run. That’s the way her career has been,” Jarvis said. “She’s often close but not close enough.”
Boom And Zoom lines up on Sunday in a Benchmark 58 Handicap (1600m) to end the card.
It will be her first attempt at a mile which might hold the key to her breaking through after two straight 1400m races where she ran fourth on both occasions.
And she’s drawn barrier six which is a mini win already for those involved with her.
“The owners all message me when she gets a gate in the single digits so it’s always good to get a handy draw,” Jarvis said. “We think she’s been going well and we’re happy with the way she’s been going into this race and think she’s a good chance.
Shaun Guymer will be hoping to improve on Boom And Zoom’s fourth at Moruya last start. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“She’s a reliable horse who always tires hard and if the circumstances allow in the race, she can race very well.”
Chairman’s Choice runs for Jarvis in the opening race and he comes into the 1400m race off a third placing.
“He took the inside run at Cootamundra and just peaked on his run so we’ll like to hold him up as long as possible then get him out and he can finish off well with a short sprint,” Jarvis said. “He’ll be ridden conservative from that gate and will be finishing it off. He’s got a good finishing sprint.”
Spring Creek Halo is the other Jarvis runner in the fourth race and he’s on debut but Jarvis said not to expect too much.
“He’s going to need further so I don’t expect him to figure in the placings on Sunday. He’s probably going get up over a mile soon,” she said.
Originally published asNowra preview: Monarch on Cup mission
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