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El Roca Ready To Fulfil Potential

Thursday, 13th February 2014

While attention is understandably focussed on multiple Gr1-winning New Zealand galloper It's A Dundeel ahead of the Sydney autumn carnival, fellow kiwi El Roca (Fastnet Rock-Rubimill, by Rubiton) is poised to make headlines of his own, reports theinformant.co.nz. Trainer Trent Busuttin is confident the untapped sprinter-miler can figure prominently in Sydney's best 3YO races during the carnival and, despite the colt only arriving in Sydney on Tuesday evening, believes he can make an immediate impact in Saturday's Listed Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill. "There's nothing around at home for him and I think he's come back pretty good so I think he will be competitive on Saturday," Busuttin said. The Fastnet Rock colt returns to Australia after signalling his significant potential last spring when running a close second to Éclair Big Bang in the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude, before his well-documented, luckless fifth behind Long John in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas. "He should have finished closer but he had no luck," Busuttin lamented. El Roca, who will be ridden for the first time by top Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman, goes into the race off a brilliant 3-length barrier trial win at Avondale last week. "Opie Bosson rode him and was very happy so it's all go," Busuttin said. Six horses will line-up in the Eskimo Prince with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Romantic Touch top-weight with 60kg. Golden Rose runner-up Dissident, who finished just ahead of El Roca in the Caulfield Guineas, and talented 3YO Aussies Love Sport will also take their place.

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