Distance to suit Aeronautical - Berry
Jockey Nathan Berry says a drop back in distance can restore Aeronautical to winning form.
The lightly-raced gelding will take on the Group Two Roman Consul Stakes over his favoured 1200m at Randwick on Saturday.
The Lionel Cohen-trained sprinter has previously recorded two impressive wins at the track and distance, including a 3-1/2-length victory when coming from last in the Listed Rosebud Quality on August 6.
However, he failed to show the same brilliance in the 1400m Group One Golden Rose a month later.
Berry says Aeronautical prefers the shorter distance.
“I think he’s a lot better suited back to the 1200 metres,” he said.
He said the three-year-old ran best when kept for a finishing sprint and said they would revert to those tactics on Saturday.
“He’ll get back to last, we won’t take any chances trying to box seat or anything,” Berry said.
“We’ll just ride him dead cold and there’s no reason why he can’t win. I still think he’s top class.”
Aeronautical will rub shoulders with rivals including Foxwedge and Do You Think in the $175,000 feature.
“I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of speed in that race on Saturday but at least it will be a genuine tempo,” Berry said.
Foxwedge, who is also dropping back in distance from the Golden Rose, is the $2.25 favourite with TAB Sportsbet ahead of Startreusse ($4.60) with Aeronautical at $5.