Robber Razor Sharp despite big weight
Weight might stop a train but the Gai Waterhouse stable doesn’t think it will be enough to hinder Bank Robber.
The classy gelding has 61kg in the Listed Razor Sharp Hcp (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday, the same impost champion sprinter Takeover Target carried to win the corresponding event two years ago.
Bank Robber carried 58.5kg under the weight-for-age scale when a brave third to the brilliant All Silent in the Group One Patinack Farm Classic last month and Waterhouse’s racing manager Robyn Hartney doesn’t expect the gelding to have any problem carting the top weight.
"He has been racing against the best sprinters in Australasia," Hartney said.
"In these Quality races he is pretty well weighted.
"Even if he were to win this race on Saturday he would still get 61 in the Carrington and the Canterbury Classic.
"I can’t say he’s badly weighted, he’s earned it."
Blake Shinn has ridden Bank Robber at his past two starts but Nash Rawiller will take over on Saturday, ensuring the gelding doesn’t carry too much dead weight.
He has been kept fresh since his third at Flemington on November 7 and Hartney says his recent barrier trial win will have topped him off.
"He’s just been shooting the breeze," Hartney said.
"He’s been kept in slow work and his trial was lovely."
Bank Robber was runner-up to stablemate Theseo in last year’s Epsom Handicap (1600m) before finishing fourth in the Emirates Stakes at Flemington and fifth in the Railway Stakes at Ascot, both also over 1600 metres.
Waterhouse has elected to keep him to shorter trips this time in and so far the move is paying dividends.
"The prognosis was he wasn’t really running out a strong mile," Hartney said.
"Gai may give him a go at a mile again at some stage in the future but she seems to think 1200 to 1400 is perfect for him."
Nuclear Sky will be the sentimental favourite for the Razor Sharp following the death of his trainer, Jack Denham, on Monday.
It will be an emotional day for Denham’s son Allan who has taken over the training of the gelding.
By Mandy Cottell