Trainer Lloyd Kennewell has revealed that he is delighted with the condition of Rialya ahead of the 2014 Adelaide Cup at Morphettville Park this afternoon.
Rialya scored a narrow victory over Drunken Sailor and Norsqui in the 2012 edition of the Adelaide Cup and has the opportunity to become the first horse in history to win the Group 2 event on multiple occasions in non-consecutive years.
The Kempinsky gelding has scored just one win in fourteen starts since his Adelaide Cup triumph, taking out the Group 3 Tatt’s Cup at Eagle Farm during the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, but Kennewell told News Limited that he has been delighted with the preparation of his star stayer.
“He’s 100 percent fit and he’s as good as I can have him,” Kennewell said.
“He’s done really well this week, he was bright as a button at the track so I’m really happy with where he’s at.
“He might not have the runs on the board this time in, but he’s spot on.”
Rialya received a lovely run from barrier three when he won the 2012 edition of the Adelaide Cup and Kennewell is happy that the six-year-old has drawn barrier four for the 2014 Adelaide Cup.
Kennewell said that he will be leaving the riding instructions up to jockey Joe Bowditch, who has partnered Rialya in all four starts this preparation, and is confident the leading South Australian hoop will give the gelding an excellent run into the race.
“It’s perfect,” Kennewell said of the barrier draw.
“Like 2012, we can switch him off early and gain a good run on top of the speed.
“Obviously it’ll be a bit of a tactical race and Joe will have a few plans in his mind to do whatever he wants to do in the run.”
Rialya is currently available at 2014 Adelaide Cup odds of $15; with Robert Smerdon-trained Cooldini ($3.10) currently a narrow favourite from imported stayer Big Memory ($3.30), Bagot Handicap winner Outback Joe ($7) and market mover Motivado ($13).
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