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El Roca Recovers From Guineas Setback
Trainer Trent Busuttin says El Roca has recovered from a slight setback in the Randwick Guineas and is back on track for his next Gr1 assignments, reports theinformant.co.nz. The New Zealand colt was narrowly beaten by Dissident in last Saturday's Gr1 feature, but was sore after the race. "He has some soreness in his hindquarters and that probably attributed to him lying in the last bit of the race," said Busuttin. "You could see him duck in under pressure and (Hugh) Bowman said...he just felt he didn't stretch out like he did when he first rode him." He added, "He's been treated and he had a saddle on his back for the first time this morning [Thursday] and Aaron (Kuru) rode him and said he felt fine. The horse is back on track for the George Ryder Stakes." El Roca's two main targets for the remainder of the autumn carnival are the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday week, and the Doncaster Mile a fortnight later at Randwick. "Group Ones are what we're after and we've still got the George Ryder and Doncaster ahead. Hopefully he can win one of them," Busuttin said. Busuttin and partner Natalie Young will saddle up El Roca's promising stable-mate High Tec at Rosehill on Saturday in the Gr2 Pahr Lap Stakes (1500m) with Busuttin expecting the son of High Chaparral to improve with the run. "It's a tough field on Saturday and it's going to be hard for him," said Busuttin. "He's going to be better when he gets over more ground. He'll back up in either the Rosehill Guineas or the Tulloch Stakes then go on to the Australian Derby."