Day At The Track

Chapple hopes for steady start with Roclea Ruler

10:32 AM 11 Apr 2020 NZST
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Guy Chapple behind La Cabeza Gem
Guy Chapple behind La Cabeza Gem
Bathurst Harness Racing Club Photo

Harness racing driver Guy Chapple doesn't usually rue a draw in gate one, but he is concerned about temperamental colt Roclea Ruler handling the inside start at Newcastle Paceway on Saturday night.

The Maitland reinsman will drive Roclea Ruler in race seven, a HRNSW Guaranteed 2YO Pace, in its third career outing.

Chapple and his son, Mitch, decided against a Bathurst Gold Crown campaign with Roclea Ruler, which instead raced at Newcastle on March 21. He galloped twice just after the start but still finished strongly for third.

Last Saturday at Newcastle, he finished second after improving his manners from a wide gate in a careful start before moving up to sit outside the lead.

Chapple hoped he could repeat the starting effort from the inside gate.

"Barrier one looks an ideal draw but it's probably the worst he could draw because he just wants to get around," Chapple said.

"If he does everything right, he should be too good for them, but he's just got that bit of doubt on him.

"He just wants a few runs, and hopefully he can win one and we'll geld him and give him a month off.

"He's just learning and he's very, very green. He's always shown something. He showed a lot as a yearling, but he's a bit young and dumb."

He also likes his chances with Barry Matterson-trained Babyitscold in race one. They were a close second first-up last week.

"It looks well placed there," Chapple said.

"It went really good but probably needed the run. It looks an easier race this week and she's drawn a bit better."

He drives the Cameron Davies-trained Free The Magic the second from the inside of the second row..

"That horse it going OK but I've had no luck with him," he said.

"Just getting out late and bad barriers, and we've got another one this week."

Meanwhile, Chapple said Gold Tiara finalist La Cabeza Gem was set to return next Saturday at Newcastle.

Craig Kerry
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