Junoob gives Rawiller fourth Ballarat Cup
November 23, 2015
Brad Rawiller has continued his recent domination of the Ballarat Cup, guiding veteran stayer Junoob to a fast-finishing win in the $300,000 Listed race.
Rawiller claimed his fourth Ballarat Cup in the past six years as Junoob ($17) emerged from the pack with 200m to go and stormed to the front to win by three-quarters of a length.
The victory in Saturday’s 2200m Listed race could prompt a re-think for the connections of Junoob who is entered for a thoroughbred sale next month.
“He might not be sold,” trainer Chris Waller said from Sydney after the Cup success.
“I’ll talk to the owners and see if they still want to sell him.
“If not we can look at Brisbane next year and races like the Eagle Farm Cup or maybe the Brisbane Cup.”
Waller said Junoob had been a frustrating horse, struggling for confidence with big weights but was thrilled with the way the eight-year-old looked when he saw him on Friday.
After not being able to slot into a spot early, Rawiller was later able to get Junoob to the fence and the jockey said his confidence grew from there.
Junoob finished well under 60kg after angling into the clear in the straight, beating Wales ($51) who hit the line strongly.
Sonntag ($15) battled on bravely for third, another short head away.
Junoob bounced back from his last-start failure in the Lexus Stakes.
“Take away that last run, his form was outstanding,” Rawiller said.
“To win the Ballarat Cup again is pretty special.”
Rawiller won three in a row on My Bentley (2010), Domesky (2011) and King Diamond (2012). – AAP TURF