Jason Collett hasn't been down to 53kg for a while. Actually, he can’t remember when he last got down there but for Cradle Mountain he will make sure he will ride the limit in the Razor Sharp Handicap at Randwick on Saturday.
He has been sitting down to “healthy meals” across from trainer – and his partner – Clare Cunningham for the past week. It is something that usually goes unseen by trainers but Collett knows how much this sprinter means to both Cunningham and himself.
Taking advatage: Jason Collett will get down to 53kg to ride Cradle Mountain in the Razor Sharp Handicap on SaturdayCredit:AAP
“She doesn’t like it when I’m doing it [wasting], because it makes it hard for her to eat a big meal. But I want to take every advantage on Cradle Mountain,” Collett said. “He is our first real good horse.
“I’m pretty busy this week riding, so that will help me. I’m aiming to be 53kg on Saturday and strong, I’ll sweat the last bit after riding at Canterbury on Friday.
“Cradle Mountain won’t get a chance like this again to run with 53kg, so I need to make sure that is all he carries. It is his biggest test but I think we have all seen he is up to [taking on] these better sprinters.”
Collett has been the regular rider for the six-time winner at all but one of his nine starts and knows what a speed machine he is. He was on Cradle Mountain when he broke down at Scone and was delighted to see him come back with an easy win at Rosehill last month.
He missed the next win because of suspension with Kerrin McEvoy taking over as Cradle Mountain once again proved too strong over 1300m at Rosehill three weeks ago.
“Those two wins have shown he is back and we always thought this race would be a good test for him,” Collett said. “It will get his rating up as well, because you need to make sure he can get into the right races next year.
“This is going to be his last run because when he was injured he actually stayed in the stable, so Clare could make sure he was looked after properly.”
Cradle Mountain was tended to by Cunningham as he overcame a leg injury. She nursed the $4000 purchase back to fitness, but there was always the doubt that he would return the same horse.
“The first day back, I was nervous but he just did what he always does and was too good,” Collett said. “He is a group sprinter and we get to find out how far he will go next year, but this is a good test, which he is up to.”
Collett has a great book of rides at Randwick with Our Century fighting for favouritism for the Christmas Cup and Organza looking to continue her climb through the grades.
The rain will be of benefit for Our Century, which is third-up after winning on return over 1900m before being a solid runner-up in the ATC Cup.
“He had such a tough run the other day, it was really a good effort to hold on for second. If he had the soft run of the winner I'm sure he would have won,” Collett said.
“I think he will be even better suited at the 2400m and soft ground will be to his favour.
“I like a couple of rides I have for Godolphin, Organza was very strong winning last start and is down in the weights and I think Gongs is ready to run a big race as well earlier in the day."
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