Avdulla stays with Dances On Stars
Brenton Avdulla. Photo: Pat Scala
JOCKEY Brenton Avdulla is set to make a hit-and-run assault with Dances On Stars for the Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben on Saturday.
The prospect of facing T.J. Smith winner Sizzling doesn't faze the young hoop after beating the older horses at Rosehill last time.
''He is going to have to beat a good one but the way he ran through the line at Rosehill, it's worth a crack,'' Avdulla said. ''I think he met Sizzling four times during the Brisbane winter and couldn't beat him, but [trainer] Gerald [Ryan] put the blinkers on for the first time at Rosehill and it really switched him on.
''I think he will take a bit of confidence out of that win because he really put them away at the end.''
Dances On Stars had a couple of starts during the Melbourne spring, his best effort a sixth in the Sandown Guineas before returning to Sydney, where he chalked up a second win in 11 starts. For Avdulla, it was a welcome return to riding after a month off because of suspension and a planned trip to the US.
''I rode in Melbourne for the spring and then got suspended for two weeks, just before a holiday I had planned,'' Avdulla said.
''It was good to get on a horse like [Dances On Stars], which has got my name back out there.
''He is progressive and gives me a chance to ride another group winner, but unfortunately he is not a Magic Millions horse, so this is his only shot at the big money.''
Meanwhile, Villiers runner-up Alma's Fury is likely to take the trip to Brisbane for the Bernborough Stakes on Saturday.
Trainer Paul Murray has booked Glen Boss after the five-year-old pulled up well following his narrow defeat by All Legal at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
''It looks a winnable race and he is in form, so providing everything goes right he will head up there,'' Murray said. ''Glen Boss rang for the ride, which always gives you a bit of confidence.
''Blake Shinn rode him in the Villiers and we gave him the option of staying on if he wanted to, but he is going to ride in Sydney.
''So I rang Bossy back and booked him straight away.''
■ High-profile colt All Too Hard has returned to work at Rosehill but will do his lead-up racing to the Australian Guineas in Melbourne.
The Caulfield Guineas winner, which came back to the Sydney stable of Team Hawkes last week to begin his build-up, will race in the colours of Vinery Stud in what could be his final campaign.