RACE TWO - 11:54AM HEINEKEN OPEN HANDICAP 2200M
1st – Romakash – Matt Kropp – Larry Cassidy
2nd – Fighting Teo – Kevin Kemp – Adin Thompson
3rd – Lota Creek Gold – Harold Norman – Brooke Ainsworth
Trainer Comments - Matt Kropp
"There were no instructions pre-race for Larry (Cassidy) he knows what he's doing I knew he'd give him every possible, it's always good to have him on."
"Looking at that time 34.4 for the last 600 is really good going, the weight drop obviously helped but to see him do that in open company is really pleasing."
"He can stay all day this horse, on his Mother's side (Five Sails) those bloodlines go right back to some strong European staying lines."
"There's a 2400 metre race on here in a couple of weeks time which looks the logical next step for him, he's building a nice record.
Jockey Comments - Larry Cassidy
"We had a bit of luck at the start and were able to fall into a really nice spot behind what looked like a pretty fair tempo up front."
"I know how tough he is, so when we landed that close with some pace in the race I knew he'd be tough to beat and once he gets in a battle he's always up for the fight, he could've gone another furlong easy."
"I was surprised to be so forward in the run normally Lota creek Gold rolls to the front but that didn't happen and we just dropped the bit and travelled well throughout."
"There's a bit of dig and cut in the track, but with plenty of wind around I'd expect it to harden up pretty quickly."
Race Review –
Matt Kropp’s five-year-old Romakash is a stayer in form backing up his last start mid-week 2200 metre win at Aquis Park by tackling the Open Company over the same distance today, Larry Cassidy with the steer.
The five-year-old gelding settled in fourth and got an economical trip most of the way, jumping on Le Juge’s back in third who towed him up to the one out one back spot behind leaders Fighting Teo and Saunter Boy.
Cassidy got to work at the top of the straight on the grey horse who needs a maintained sprint rather than a burst to win his races, ranging up and grabbing Fighting Teo and drawing away within the last hundred metres.
The horse has a good association with Aquis Park, Toowoomba based Kropp has brought him there five times for three wins.
Five runs into his preparation the gelding looks to have hit peak fitness and will be a runner to watch in upcoming metro staying events.