Hawkesbury races: Peter Robl is not concerned by wide draw for General Dubai

General Dubai will come out of the widest barrier (11) in Thursday’s Class 1 Handicap (1500m) at Hawkesbury but it’s the least of his worries.

The Pride Of Dubai three-year-old will enjoy getting back onto a bigger track on Thursday after running a close second last start over 1350m at Wyong and trainer Peter Robl thinks his horse will give Koby Jennings an easy ride despite the wide draw.

“I don’t think the barrier worries General Dubai too much over 1500m. He’s going to roll forward anyway,” Robl said.

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The big track at Hawkesbury will help General Dubai overcome his wide draw.Source:News Corp Australia

“There’s plenty of run to the first turn. Barrier 11 is never as good as one but I don’t think it’s too dramatic.”

Jockeys tend to make their runs all over the Hawkesbury straight so finding a clear run shouldn’t be an issue for Jennings who takes over from Rory Hitchings.

“He was third on the fence at Wyong last start and when everything got going around the corner, he got held up and had to sprint which just isn’t in his make up,” Robl said.

“He’ll be better suited at a track like Hawkesbury where he’ll get clear running. I’ve always thought he’d run a journey and he’ll bowl along and travel comfortably over the 1500m.

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“I’m keen to see what he does over the trip. He’s extremely laid back which is what helps him. In his work he doesn’t spend a penny and his nature around the stable is relaxed and he enjoys being in work.

“I think he’s going the best of my two. He’s progressive and I thought he was unlucky the other day.”

Robl’s other runner today is Finally Realise in the third race, a Maiden Handicap (1300m).

The All Too Hard three-year-old is also nominated for a race at Rosehill on Saturday and Robl feels he’ll be a good chance in either of them.

“I’ll talk to the owner and see where he wants to run him. We’ll see if there’s any scratchings at Hawkesbury in the morning,” he said.

Hands on trainer Peter Robl tends to one of his horses. Picture Jenny EvansSource:News Corp Australia

“If you take one or two out of that race at Rosehill and I don’t think it’s an overly hard maiden. It is harder than Hawkesbury but we’ll see which way the owner is keen to go.”

Finally Realise hasn’t run worse than fourth in all four provincial runs this time in but his past two have been his best when second at Kembla Grange and third at Wyong.

If he runs at Hawkesbury today he’ll be ridden out of barrier eight by Keagan Latham.

“He’s going really well after putting in a couple of indifferent runs this preparation. He was good last start and maybe he should have won the start before so he’s right there and just wants a bit of luck to go his way,” Robl said.

Both of Robl’s horses are closing in on wins and with luck he might record a winning double today.

“They’re both knocking on the door. I think they’re both in good order and they look like nice enough races for them at Hawkesbury,” Robl said.

TIME FOR SO SAY YOU TO SHOW WHAT SHE’S GOT

So Say You is the interesting runner of the opening race at Hawkesbury today.

She’s a four-year-old mare by So You Think and ran just average races during her three-start preparation in the autumn.

She returns today over 1100m for trainer Terry Robinson and she hasn’t been seen publicly since running sixth at Goulburn in May.

“She’s spelled well but is a very immature mare,” Robinson said.

“She’s by So You Think and they can get a bit hot at times. She’s certainly come back a lot more settled.

“She was her own worst enemy last preparation but this time in she’s a lot more relaxed.”

She’s a maiden still after four runs so Robinson could find an easier race for her but has faith in her ability to win her first race at the provincials.

“She’s got some ability so we thought we’d give her a try in Sydney and see what happens,” Robinson said.

“I think she’ll improve a lot this time in. There’s a long way to go but hopefully she can be competitive in this race and we’ll see where she gets to after that.”

Astute horseman Terry Robinson has faith in the ability of So Say You. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Having a strong pedigree will allow Robinson to set her for longer races this time in and he wants to get her to a mile soon.

“That’s the plan. Kathy (O’Hara) rode her second-up at Canterbury last time in and she said she’s definitely a miler and that’s something we’ve always had in mind but this is a good start,” Robinson said.

“She’s had one jump out but I was very happy with it. She can get a little hot in the gates but this is a small field and she won’t be in there too long.”

Meanwhile, Robinson will likely back up King’s Trust in a Highway Handicap at Kembla Grade this weekend after winning last Saturday at Newcastle in a Highway.

“He’s one of the best horses I’ve had in terms of pulling up. He’s relaxed and has progressed since his run,” Robinson said.

“Tommy said he should go straight to a 1400m and this race came up. We had a chat about it and he said it wasn’t a bad idea to try it.

“We would’ve liked a better draw (13) but it’s not an overly strong field so if we’re happy with him in the next few days we’ll run him.”

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Sky Racing News Update: 16th November 2020

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