Wendy Roche, the trainer of Doncaster Mile winner Nettoyer, is doing everything possible to remove any possible roadblocks as the mare’s last racing preparation draws closer.
Nettoyer made her first public appearance in 2021 at the Randwick trials on Tuesday and caught the eye coming from last on the turn to finish midfield in a 1050m heat.
“She trialled as well as I would have expected,” Roche said.
“She reared in the gates as they opened so she missed the kick and she worked home well down the outside.
“She’ll probably trial again next week at Canterbury then go first-up 10-days after that in the Aspirations Quality, go to the Ranvet and then the Doncaster.
“She’s come back better than ever. It’s the best she’s ever been.”
Wendy Roche. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
The one surprise about Nettoyer’s trial was the jockey with Roche bringing in Queensland-based rider Chris Caserta to partner the seven-year-old daughter of Sebring.
“What normally happens with me being a small trainer and not a major stable is they (jockeys) ride her in the trials, ride her in the Aspirations, they’ll ride her in the Ranvet because there will probably only be eight runners with the likes of Verry Elleegant and when it comes to the Doncaster or any other big Group 1 they go ‘no, we’ve got a better ride’,” Roche said.
“I’m sick of being dictated to.
“This is her last campaign, and we can’t afford it, so I’m bringing my own jockeys in.
“Michael Poy is booked to ride her. He was supposed to ride her today, but he’s not allowed out because Melbourne’s in lockdown.
“If they open it back up next week he’ll come up to Sydney to ride if not Chris Caserta will come back and ride her.
Chris Caserta. Photo: Reg Ryan/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
“I didn’t know Chris but one of the owners did and suggested him and he is based at Tweed Heads.
“If Michael can’t get out of Melbourne, Chris will ride her.”
Victoria is into their fourth day of a five-day snap lockdown due to their latest COVID outbreak.
Another two cases were reported on Tuesday, taking the outbreak to 19 infections.
Less than 24 hours ago Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews refused to rule out whether his statewide lockdown will end on Wednesday.
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Originally published asTrainer won’t be dictated to by jockeys
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