Velocity Gal chasing hat-trick

Velocity Gal will again have the services of premiership leader Nash Rawiller when she shoots for a hat-trick of wins at Randwick on Wednesday.

The in-form Rod Craig-trained mare won at Canterbury two starts back with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle and then Rawiller jumped aboard at Randwick’s Kensington track last Tuesday when the four-year-old led all the way when dropping back from 1550m to 1400m.
Craig said both McEvoy and Rawiller had ridden the mare beautifully in her past two starts and believes having Rawiller on board again in the Handicap (1550m) is a huge asset.

“It’s worth a couple of lengths I reckon,” Craig said.

“He’s so strong, he’s well balanced, he doesn’t ride too short and gets the best out of the horses without flogging them. He’s a wonderful rider.”

The season’s leading Group One rider with nine majors is currently three wins ahead of Corey Brown in an exciting battle to be crowned this season’s champion Sydney jockey.

Rawiller rode a treble at last Tuesday’s Kensington meeting, including Velocity Gal who Craig started instead of running a day later at Canterbury.

The decision to run on the Tuesday not only worked out well with the mare winning, it also gave the trainer an extra day to decide if Velocity Gal should chase a hat-trick of wins on the Kensington track on Wednesday.

“I had an extra day (until last Thursday) to see how she pulled up and she did really well in the two days after that race so I nominated her for this race last Thursday,” Craig said.

“She has done really well since as well and should be a strong chance again.

“She is up in grade a little but is entitled to go well again.”

The Kensington track was rated a heavy (8) on Tuesday afternoon.

Both Velocity Gal’s latest wins were on slow tracks and Craig said the four-year-old appeared stronger this campaign and was handling wet ground a lot better than previous preparations.

Stablemate Intermac, meanwhile, will be chasing his first city win at his 50th race start in the Renew & Win A Yaris Handicap (1550m).

The six-year-old gelding, a son of Intergaze who Craig trained to win eight Group One races, has had nine city starts since joining the Warwick Farm trainer’s team and has been placed five times without breaking through.

Intermac finished fourth over the same distance at Canterbury last Wednesday when Craig said he got a little too far back.

“He’s come through the race pretty well and he should run a nice race tomorrow,” the trainer said.