Royal Vibes should energise
ROYAL VIBES' last run, down the track behind nine-length winner PUDDY POOH two weeks ago, can be overlooked when the six-year-old gelding lines up against nine rivals in tomorrow's 10-furlong Ren Gonzalves Memorial.
Before his dismal finish at a mile behind PUDDY POOH, ROYAL VIBES was closing fastest at 1820 metres behind MIRACLE STAR on April 9, getting within a length and a half of the winner.
ROYAL VIBES closed well to overtake PUDDY POOH and MOM'S STUDENT close home after the two had engaged in a duel on the lead, from the gate to the last furlong, where MIRACLE STAR came calling.
When he came up against PUDDY POOH at a mile, two weeks later, ROYAL VIBES could not match his younger rival for speed and plodded home among the backmarkers, having no chance in splits of 46.1 and 1:10.4 for the first half mile and six furlongs, respectively.
However, with no real pace in tomorrow's race, ROYAL VIBES should have an easier task to stalk and use his back class to overpower any leader in the stretch run.
A favourite of owner Carlton Watson, ROYAL VIBES was a virtual no-hoper in four races before his second-place finish behind MIRACLE STAR. He ran in races in which his stablemates were clear favourites, twice among grade one company, the Lady Geeta and Chairman's Trophy included.
With the speed expected to come from up-in-class KIRI and off-colour RAGING PROSPECT, ROYAL VIBES' main rival should be fellow closer ORIGINAL TRAIN. However, the Harry Parsard-trained four-year-old gelding has gone cold after showing early season form.
In addition, ORIGINAL TRAIN tends to prefer seven furlongs, up to a mile, not the round course where ROYAL VIBES tends to run his best races.