Jockey Brad Rawiller is confident that Taiyoo can post consecutive country cup victories when he takes to the barriers for the featured 2016 Ballarat Cup (2200m) on Saturday.
Taiyoo has been a strong and consistent performer throughout his entire racing career so far and will enter the Ballarat Cup with a positive record of fourteen wins and five minors through thirty-nine starts, for more than $650,000 in prize money.
Having savaged the line for success in the Kyneton Cup (2000m) last time out on November, Rawiller told Racing Victoria that the Haradasun gelding has only improved from the run and will relish a step up in distance into the Ballarat Cup field.
“He was terrific in the Kyneton Cup,” Rawiller said.
“He’s improved increasingly from Moonee Valley when he ran a good third.
“I think the 2200m and the Ballarat track will suit him down to the ground, so I think he’ll be right in with a great show.
“Taiyoo’s been such a grand horse for me over the years, so certainly happy to be on Taiyoo for sure.”
Rawiller was also offered the ride on stable mate Auvray in the 2016 Ballarat Cup, but believes the classy import will require to run to find peak condition.
“I was pretty happy with Auvray the other day (eighth in the Eclipse Stakes). Definitely the distance will suit him better, but he might be one more run away,” he said.
Taiyoo returned after nearly a year away from racing for fifth in the VRC Member Allen Aylett Handicap (1700m) at Flemington on August 6th.
Progressing to sixth in the Listed Heatherlie Stakes (1700m) at Caulfield on August 27th, the seven-year-old simply failed to fire when sixteenth in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) before again dropping out in the late stages of the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) to finish tenth.
Responding well for third in the Chandler Macleod Handicap (2040m) on October 21st, in what was his only other start prior to the Kyneton Cup, Taiyoo has been charged with carrying 58.5kgs in the Ballarat Cup and will leave from barrier 12.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 Ballarat Cup odds, for which Taiyoo can be taken at a generous quote of $15 for success.