Spring contender Rampaging resumes at Warwick Farm

The Gai Waterhouse stable is confident that Rampaging will develop into a strong Spring contender as the two year old prepares for his comeback run in the Val Geoff White 2yo Handicap (1200m) at Warwick Farm tomorrow.

Racing Manager Bruce Slade said that Rampaging has come back bigger and stronger from a spell after a win and a third from two starts early in the year.

The More Than Ready colt finished third at his first race start over 1200m in a Canterbury two year old on January 28 then scored as an odds on favourite in a Canterbury Maiden over 1250m on February 22.

“He’s a nice horse in the making,” Slade said.

“He’s about 16.2 hands and he was built like a rake last preparation, he was very immature and he’s come back bigger and stronger.”

“We’ll take him through the grades but hopefully he is a horse that might be a Guineas horse or a Golden Rose horse.”

The Group 1 $1m Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) is run at Rosehill on September 15 for three year olds and the Group 1 $1m Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 13 is always a highlight of the Caulfield Cup Carnival.

Rampaging will jump from barrier twelve for Nash Rawiller but Slade doesn’t see the wide alley as a problem for the two year old’s comeback run.

“It’s only got one bend and a nice cambered turn so it should be no trouble for him at all,” Slade said.

“He’s going to be a horse that will appreciate 1400m to a mile later on but he has trialled really well this time in and is ready to rock and roll.”

Rampaging heads the betting at $3.25 ahead of the Gerald Ryan trained two year old Windswept at $5 and Chris Waller’s Clever Boy at $6.50.

Windswept is another winning Snitzel youngster coming out of the Ryan stable when he scored first up in a 1100m Canterbury Maiden on June 27.

And Clever Boy was sent for a break by Waller after the Street Sense colt was a fair first up third to Kuchinskaya in an 1100m Rosehill two year old on February 11.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.