Regu-Mate to turn star mare around? Weekend Preview

By Georgie Dennis

Group 1 winning mare Aloisia is headed to Sydney this weekend in the hopes of returning to the winner’s stall for the first time in over 12 months in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes over 1600m.

Her first two runs this prep were promising and we were confident in her leading into the G1 Empire Rose Stakes (formerly Myer Classic) on Derby Day but she failed to fire.

A potential reason for this could have been due to the banning of hormone control product Regu-Mate.

It was her first run being taken off the product, but it is not banned in Sydney and we are hopeful that leaving her on it to race, might be the difference.

She is a Group 1 winner over the mile but has had more terrible luck with the barrier draw and has landed gate 12.

After a sharp piece of work earlier this week and with a bit of luck, she should be right there at the finish.

Tim Clark will take the ride.

Earlier in the day at Randwick we have Wall of Fire contesting the Christmas Cup over 2400m.

We have been searching for a wet track for the imported entire for a while now and with some rain forecast for Sydney later this week, we are hoping Saturday will be the day and he will get the cut in the ground he needs.

He is up to this grade and has Hugh Bowman on board and we think he is going well enough to win this race provided he gets some luck in the run (and some rain).

On Friday night at Moonee Valley, we have two runners with the first being Bold Arial in a 1200m BM64 handicap for 3YO fillies.

She was unlucky last start at the Valley where she was slow away from the gates and ended up three back on the fence which is not ideal for that track.

We are hopeful that from gate two, she will be able to jump evenly and land in a better position.

Ben Melham takes the ride and we think she will go well.

We also have Sherriff John Stone running at the Valley in a BM78 handicap over 1200m.

He has had a gap in between runs which seems to be the key to him and he is dropping back in class.

He is going well, and we think he will run accordingly.

Liam Riordan rides and will claim three kilos from barrier five.

Up north on Friday night, we have Russian Romeo returning to the races at Canterbury in a 1200m maiden handicap.

He has taken a bit of time to come to hand, but he trialled very impressively at Randwick recently and we are hopeful he can get a win under his belt and go on to bigger and better things.

The son of Smart Missile is a Magic Millions horse so if he does win on Friday, he could head up there for the Guineas.

Corey Brown will take the ride from gate six.

On Saturday back down at Flemington we have another two-year-old kicking off their career with Three Legs In running in the SecondBite Plate over 1100m.

It has taken a bit of time for the penny to drop with him, but he has been in work for a while so there is no question about his fitness.

Ben Melham rides from barrier three and we think he has an each way chance.

We then have Naantali returning to the races at Flemington in a BM84 handicap for fillies and mares over 1100m.

She has returned to work much more mature than last time in, though this trip is likely to be a bit short for her.

We are just looking to see her hit the line well however she is still a good chance to run a place.

Michael Dee will take the ride from gate nine.

At Kembla Grange on Saturday we have Dundeel colt Deebraka returning in a maiden over 1300m.

He has strengthened up since his last preparation and is fit and ready to go but will improve over more ground.

Kathy O’Hara takes the ride from barrier four and we are confident he will go close.

On Sunday at Hawkesbury, we have Roland Garros returning to the stable in a 2000m class two.

He spent some time with our breaker, Adrian Corboy, this campaign to iron out some barrier issues but he has overcome them and won well last start.

The Helmet galloper worked sharply by his standards earlier in the week and we think he will run well on Sunday.

Kathy O’Hara takes the ride again from gate one.