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Kropp ready to "Kash" in at Gold Coast

By Glenn Davis

Trainer Matt Kropp is hopeful Romakash will continue his progression as a stayer in the making, and can book a start at Group level during the winter when the five-year-old runs at the Gold Coast on Friday.

Romakash takes on a small but strong field of emerging stayers when he stretches out in distance for the first time to 2400 metres in the Benchmark 90 Handicap.

A son of New Zealand stallion Roc De Cambes, Romakash has won nine of his 32 starts and will be attempting to complete a hat-trick of wins.

Romakash won over 2200 metres at the Gold Coast on May 1 before a narrow victory over Fighting Teo at the same track and distance on May 16.

Romakash has paid the penalty for his recent form and rises three kilograms on his latest win to 58kgs.

This is a very open race and going to 2400 metres for the first time shouldn’t be a problem - the trip actually looks more suitable for him.

“I thought his win two starts back was very good when he carried 60kgs,” Kropp said.

“His last run also was good and he really surprised me with the time he ran - it was a handy run.

“This is a very open race and going to 2400 metres for the first time shouldn’t be a problem.

“The trip actually looks more suitable for him.”

Kropp has pencilled in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm on June 13 at the main goal for Romakash.

“I had him nominated for the Chairman’s Handicap at Doomben on Saturday but I felt they looked a bit too sharp for him over 2000 metres,” Kropp said.

“He’s coming along well and is heading in the right direction to the Tatt’s Cup.”

Aquis Park Gold Coast

HEINEKEN OPEN Handicap 2200m

Kropp is undecided whether the Tatt’s Cup will be Romakash’s last run this campaign after Racing Queensland announced additional races to the winter carnival.

“I’ll have a look and see what races might be available and for the time being I’ll just go race by race with him,” he said.

Romakash, a $46,000 yearling, has earned more than $185,000 prizemoney after Kropp made his first trip to the New Zealand sales following Spice Of Life’s win in the Roma Cup win in 2016.

Spice Of Life, like Romakash, is owned by long time Kropp clients Roland and Sharon Hovey.

“They called him Romakash, which is the first two letters of the names of Roland, myself, my wife Kate and Sharon,” Kropp said.

“Sharon said ‘we’re going to New Zealand with the Roma cash’ and we thought it was an appropriate name.”

Racing Queensland webnews - May 27

Romakash (NZ)

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Aquis Park Gold Coast | Gold Coast Turf Club | 12:52 PM

AQUIS BENCHMARK 90 Handicap