The cards didn’t fall his way a week ago but trainer Peter Robl is keen to give consistent galloper Finally Realise the chance to take advantage of another transfer onto the Kensington track today and go one better.
The four-year-old is deep into his preparation and has never backed up within seven days but he’s showing no signs of stopping and Robl is happy to roll the dice in the Vinery Handicap (1250m).
This meeting was originally programmed for Canterbury, while Finally Realise’s past two runs were scheduled for Canterbury and Warwick Farm respectively.
But with COVID restrictions still in place, Wednesday’s meeting was moved to Randwick’s inner track and Robl says it’s a big plus, regardless of whatever rain falls.
“He seems to appreciate racing on the surface,” Robl said. “He’s going terrific, this will be his eighth run this preparation but he seems to be thriving in the stable and is a hardy little fellow.
“While he’s eating well, working well and racing well, he’ll keep punching through. This horse has shown he appreciates a firmer track but he does get through [on wet ground].”
A week ago, the gelding endured a wide run and was only denied in the last stride by Super Effort in a similar contest over the 1250m.
Robl said jockey Brock Ryan did nothing wrong and it was just some smart riding from champion hoop Nash Rawiller on Escaped, holding a spot off the fence, that put him in a tricky position.