Whobegotyou's Yalumba challenge
Jockey Michael Rodd says he wants Whobegotyou to avoid a head-and-head showdown with So You Think in the Group One Yalumba Stakes at Caulfield.
Saturday’s six-horse field will bring about a battle of tactics in the 2000m feature and the result could ultimately determine favouritism between the two lionhearted gallopers heading into the Cox Plate in two weeks.
TAB Sportsbet’s market suggests a two-horse race in the Yalumba with So You Think at $1.50 ahead of Whobegotyou ($3).
So You Think is at $2.40 for the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley while Whobegotyou is $6.50.
“Everyone knows they are the two best horses at the moment for the Cox Plate and we will find out lot more after Saturday,” Rodd said.
Rodd said Whobegotyou faced a serious challenge trying to beat So You Think, especially at Caulfield, but believed with the right run in a slowly-run race he can get over the top of the Bart Cummings-trained star.
“So You Think is flying and is just so tough,” Rodd said.
“He gets up on the speed and he keeps going whereas my bloke just needs that soft run behind them and has got that electric turn of foot.
So You Think won last year’s Cox Plate and is unbeaten this spring with Memsie and Underwood Stakes wins.
Rodd said that capitalising on Whobegotyou’s acceleration was critical to getting past So You Think.
“If it is a slog to the line between them and they are going head and head then you would probably say that So You Think is going to out-grind him (Whobegotyou),” he said.
“But in a small field there will be no pace and that will suit my bloke because he will be back and doesn’t have many horses to pass.
“If it is a sprint home he could whiz past him (So You Think).”
Guineas day has also been Whobegotyou day for the last two years.
In 2008 he scored a memorable barnstorming win in the Caulfield Guineas and last year he powered home to beat Heart Of Dreams in the Yalumba.
So You Think would be Cummings’ sixth Yalumba winner, his most recent Shaftesbury Avenue 19 years ago, while Whobegotyou’s trainer Mark Kavanagh has won the race in two of the last three years with Maldivian scoring in 2007.
This spring Whobegotyou’s runs have, by design, been more spaced and he will line up four weeks after winning his second Group Two Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.
He would be the 11th multiple winner of the Yalumba which dates back to 1886 and the first since Lonhro in 2002 and 2003.