Woodbine saves blushes for Gai Waterhouse and Nash Rawiller

Late surge: Woodbine gave punters a scare on Saturday. Photo: Jenny EvansNash Rawiller was hauled before stewards to explain his navigation on long odds-on shot Woodbine after the Randwick Guineas-bound colt left his supporters with near heart failure at Rosehill on Saturday.
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Rawiller angled the blueblood, sent out a $1.20 hope on the tote in the four-horse field, to the centre of the track before wearing down Tim Clark on Pirandello as the leader clung grimly to the fence.

Woodbine’s winning margin was a head, but it didn’t deter chief steward Ray Murrihy from grilling Rawiller about the ride. And Rawiller said he was at odds with trainer Gai Waterhouse over the better ground at Rosehill.

”I told her one, two or three [horses off the fence] was the best part of the track, but she said seven off,” Rawiller told stewards. ”She’s the boss, but I won’t be doing that again. I didn’t agree with her … in fact, I had an argument with her before the race.”

Even Waterhouse was wondering whether Woodbine had arrived in the nick of time to make it back-to-back wins this campaign. ”I know the owner of the second horse, and John [Messara] and the group own Woodbine and I thought, ‘Uh oh, there’s going to be six unhappy owners and one happy’,” she said. ”When they showed the replay I thought, ‘No, I’ve got six happy owners and one unhappy’.”

Woodbine’s stallion prospects will largely hinge on the rest of his three-year-old season as the Hussonet colt, out of multiple group 1 winner Miss Finland, heads towards the group 1 Randwick Guineas.

Rawiller was forced to hunt Woodbine up in the early stages in the small four-horse field after Cosmic Cameo was scratched after tossing Hugh Bowman leaving the mounting yard.

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