Rosehill to be last race for Double Dare
Trainer Chris Waller hopes Double Dare can go out in a blaze of glory when the stakes winner races for the final time on Saturday.
The eight-year-old will run his final race in the Kraft Foods Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill, the track on which he gained six of his 10 wins.
Tye Angland, who has had great success on the back of Double Dare winning three from five rides, will be riding the gelding in his last race.
Waller said it was sad to see the horse retire but a win would be a perfect farewell.
"He’s been a really good horse for us and one of the favourites in the stable so hopefully we can farewell him with a good win," he said.
"Tye’s had a lot of success with him so it will be great if he can pull it off.
"He’s had good form at the track and I think he will sit well in the race."
Double Dare won the Listed McCarten Stakes in 2007 however he has not won a race since March 2008.
To win on Saturday, he will have to beat stablemates Voice Coach and Altered Boy.
Voice Coach is returning after a 17-week spell and it will be the first time the five-year-old stayer has been tried over 1400 metres, having most success at 2000.
Waller said he would continue stepping the horse up in distance throughout the autumn carnival.
"The plan is to target Group Three and Two races throughout the carnival and if he comes up with the goods we’ll take the next step," he said.
Altered Boy has been in good form since returning from an 18-week spell, winning a Benchmark 85 (1100m) at Randwick on Boxing Day.
Waller said his only concern for the four-year-old was the distance.
"He’s stepping up to the 1400 metres but I think he is better at the 1200 and 1300, so that’s my only concern," he said.
By Josh Jerga